Holiday Decor(180 items)
Welcome to the Holiday Decor Collection at NOVICA.
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Novica artisans always strive to craft high-quality, environmentally-conscious pieces. They look for ways to reuse and repurpose materials, and have discovered creative methods of sculpting ornaments out of recycled cardboard and paper. Leftover materials from past projects, such as albesia wood, felt, and even cement, all find new life in eco-friendly ornaments. Each artist lists their materials under product details. You will find complete transparency in those descriptions and discover a large selection of eco-friendly Christmas decorations.
The most commonly used materials for handmade ornaments depends on resources available to the craftsman. Balinese artisans incorporate hand-painted wood and iron. Artisans in India, Central America, and Mexico work in clay, ceramics, and natural fibers. But even when regions utilize the same materials, their unique craftsmanship shines through in style and design. In India, the ancient technique of zardozi embroidery uses thin copper wires to make beautiful, sparkling Christmas ornaments. Artists are able to take common, everyday elements and turn them into extraordinary, one-of-a-kind pieces.
We love giving ornaments as gifts because they are creative, unique, and meaningful during the holiday season. Whether youre looking for hand-painted works, beaded wonders, or woven treasures, each one is a piece of culture and history. Look for whimsical ornaments from Thailand designed with images of elephants and bells. Search for matte chiseled pumpkins and owls by Peruvian artisans. Central American ornaments delight with hand-painted perfection. Whether you choose a decorative stocking from West Africa or a hand-blown glass masterpiece from the Andes, decorations are a wonderful way to spread some holiday cheer!
Hand painted ornaments differ significantly from region to region. Each depicts specific themes and images important to the culture. In the Andes, ornaments often feature owls, costumed characters, and angels. Bali expresses its festivities with design focused around stars, snowflakes, and traditional Christmas figures. Thailand, Mexico and India have popularized designs surrounding animals and intricate depictions of nature. Handmade ornaments are festive works that highlight the unique skills and cultures of artisans from around the world.
Excellent question! Decorations should definitely be handled with care. Store them in clean, safe spaces with minimal exposure to harsh particles. For extra precaution, pack each ornament separately so as to avoid breakage. Most ornaments do not require extensive cleaning, but if it should become necessary, always use soaps and detergents free from harsh chemicals. Mostly, a simple wipe should be enough to remove dust and tree debris.
From table tops to floor set-ups beneath the Christmas tree, nativity scenes are a traditional holiday centerpiece in homes around the world. Often entire families come together to partake in the experience. While there is no single right way to set up a nativity scene, certain details tend to cross regional and cultural divides. Biblical characters, animals and religious props often form the foundation of the nativity scene, while customizable pieces add extra flare. Hanging stars showcase the night sky. Decorated motifs, backdrops, ornaments, and figurines may be used to embellish a simple scene.
Absolutely! Artisans that create beaded ornaments use skills passed down for generations. Whether beads are hand-sewn onto fabric, as is the case with many of our Indian ornaments, or strung onto nylon twine, as with many West African ornaments, each piece is made with careful attention to detail.
Different cultures and regions celebrate the holidays in their own unique ways, emphasizing various decor, art, and symbolism. In the Andes, for example, Christmas ornaments consist of clay pendants in the shapes of fruit, animals, and multicolored, knitted fabrics. Bali utilizes wood, iron and even recycled paper to craft ornaments, which are often in the shape of stars, Santa Claus figurines, snowflakes, and reindeer. In the regions of Brazil and Thailand, artisans utilize hand-painted ceramics, wood, and natural fibers, while Mexico is famous for their pottery and clay. India specializes in pieces made out of decorative embroidery. Each region crafts celebratory ornaments that highlight the unique customs and art forms within their communities.
Featured Reviews on Holiday Decor
Pups to admire
Well crafted ornaments. I like the variety of artistic expression and materials in each piece. Will admire the work for years to come during the holidays.
joyful and nice ornament for Christmas
Such joyful and cheerful little faces. All the familly rapidly adopted them and are a must for our Christmas time. Thank you for creating them!
Perfect tree topper
It looks exactly as it does in the photo, and lends a sweet and cheerful note to the top of the tree. Arrived in good time and will be a part of my holiday decorating for good. Many thanks as always to Novica artisans.
Popular Holiday Decor
Hand Crocheted Wool Llama Ornaments (Set of 3), "Little Llamas"$29.95
Peruvian artisan Liliana Vargas manages a women's knitting workshop that produce these adorable llama ornaments, the symbolic animal of Peru. Each llama ornament is crocheted by hand with ivory wool yarns, and embellished with a multicolored striped woven blanket and jaunty tassels. The set of three ornaments arrives with crocheted crimson cords for hanging.
Embroidered Wool Dog Ornaments from India (Set of 6), "Festive Pups"$29.95
Felted wool puppies are ready for a winter's walk in their coats and scarves. Indian artisan Ashish Mehta crafts each dog from wool, wearing a scarf and jacket with cotton embroidery and glass beads for the eyes. This set of six arrives with a polyester storage pouch.
Set of 4 Handmade Elephant Ornaments, "Elephants in Red"$29.99
Designed by Renu Rani, these charming ornaments bring a touch of India to the holidays. The cheerful grey elephants are crafted by hand of wool felt and dressed in beaded red hats and blankets with embroidery. The set of four arrives in a drawstring pouch.
Hand Crafted Wool Holiday Tree Top Bird from India, "Robin's Delight"$19.99
This cheerful little robin will perch atop the Christmas tree this holiday season bringing joy and happiness. From Renu Rani, the topper is designed in off white, red and greyish brown wool felt. Features a conical sheet for fitting the bird on top of the tree.