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In his old-world studio on Madrid’s tranquil yet trendy Calle Escorial, 21st-century artisan Javier S. Medina weaves plant fiber into a menagerie of charmingly expressive animal heads. The vegan trophies are made of simple rushlike grasses known collectively in Spanish as esparto and are traditionally used for making everything from baskets, furniture, rugs, and shoes to woven window shades.

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Javier S Medina

In his old-world studio on Madrid’s tranquil yet trendy Calle Escorial, 21st-century artisan Javier S. Medina weaves plant fiber into a menagerie of charmingly expressive animal heads. The vegan trophies are made of simple rushlike grasses known collectively in Spanish as esparto and are traditionally used for making everything from baskets, furniture, rugs, and shoes to woven window shades.