Copals in Mexico
Copalillo (Bursera glabrifolia)
Its common names - copalillo, copal, white or female copal – would suggest its use as incense, but the resin is sticky and rarely crystallizes. However, its wood is ideal for carving: when green it is soft and easy to work and when dry it is hard, very light and is polished for a smooth finish. It is used to carve the fantasty animals called “alebrijes”, the major artisanal centers of which are San Martín Tilcajete, Arrazola and La Union Tejalapan, Oaxaca.
Ilustración: Rafael Ruíz
Información geográfica: Claudia Aguilar
Diseño: Rosalba Becerra