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Christmas Cards and Craftwork from Santa María

Christmas is a favourite subject for the Sewing Co-operative and there are many variations on the campesino Christmas.
We have been making beautiful hangings for some years - two designs were chosen by the Paraguayan Post Office as the national Christmas stamps for 2004, as seen above, and we have also featured the designs on the Santa Maria Education Fund Christmas cards.

To see the current range of Education Fund Christmas cards, please click here.

Below are examples of the hanging designs we have made - each piece is an individual work of art, so the colours and designs are subject to considerable variation, but they nearly always show Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus in traditional Paraguayan costume; the baby lying in a hammock and gifts of sweet smelling fruits in front of him. This is the tradition with Paraguayan cribs, because Christmas here falls in the hot summer. And if there is a palm tree, it will sport its fragrant yellow flower, always associated with Christmas.

card 2005
Night Nativity
The Flight into Egypt
Day Nativity
Shepherd and Star
another hanging
Three variations on the theme of Christmas night
click on the far right picture to see it in greater detail
This craftwork can be ordered in the same way as other craftwork: the designs can be made up as hangings as above
or as scenes for a Christmas stole, as in the designs here.

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