Only in Catalunya.......
Literally translated from Catalan it means “The Shitting Man” or “The Fertilizer”.
The Caganer was an obliged figure in the Christmas Cribs of the eighteenth century since at that time was believed that with his fertile depositions the soil of the crib will became rich and productive for the coming year!
It was also believed that he would bring good health and calm to the body and the soul, which is necessary to do the crib with pride and happiness that Christmas brings at home. Putting this jolly little man in the crib used to bring luck and happiness.
With the course of the time, the original personage of the shitting peasant has evolved and at present days he has been replaced with personalities increasingly famous and relevant in the Catalan, Spanish and world society!
The caganer is a very loved and respected figure on the typical Catalan nativity scene. It is not a joke, but totally the opposite, it is a tribute to the person, trade, or activity it represents.
After a very accurate design of the character, we make the plaster cast and we produce each figure one by one by hand, we allow them to dry, and we put them in the oven. After that we paint them again one by one by hand.
For some years up until today this figure has became a singular symbol and cult for many collectors.