One of the most popular images within our shop and website range is the Virgin of Guadalupe. At the time of writing she appears on a novena candle, an Alexander Henry fabric design and a wooden retablo.
But it would be hard to conceive of a time when she is not represented in Caoba in some way, even if it is down to the customers to bring in their own!
Also known as Our Lady of Guadalupe, this famous portrait shows the image of the Virgin Mary imprinted on a tilma or cape.
One December morning in 1531 Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin was visited by an appearance of the Virgin Mary in the guise of a young girl, who asked him to deliver a request to the Bishop to build a church on the spot where they stood. Juan Diego obeyed but found the Bishop unwilling to believe such a lowly individual. After three further requests over the next few days Juan Diego finally brought to the Bishop his bundled tilma filled with beautiful Castilian roses; roses he had been directed to pick by the young girl. As the roses tumbled out from the cape at the Bishop’s feet, he and all others in the room fell to their knees in adoration… There, imprinted on the tilma was the beautiful image of the Virgin Mary Juan Diego had described.
The tilma still survives in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico city.