"Las Cartas de Tacuabé" were published by Manos del Uruguay, Montevideo, in 2001. Tacuabé was a Charrúa native from Uruguay, an indigenous tribe that became extinct following European conquest and colonisation. Tacuabé was one of a group of four prisoners taken to Paris in 1833 to be displayed as a circus attraction (read more on Wikipedia).
Amongst their possessions was a pack of playing cards made from pieces of hide, attributed to Tacuabé. The pack was incomplete - only 30 cards survived - so the remaining cards were 're-created' by Manos del Uruguay to make a complete 40-card pack as homage to Tacuabé and the memory of the Charrúa people in Uruguayan history. The designs have been further augmented by the addition of 'pintas', index numbers and corner pips, and the number values written in Charrúa language on each card so that they can be used to play Truco.
Member since February 01, 1996
Founder and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
Costumes des Peuples Étrangers & Jeu d’Or dedicated to young people and likely used for games and fo...
Hawaiian playing cards in the style of classic Hawaiian wood carvings, USA, 2015.
Costumes of people of Brazil, Peru and Mexico, with views of Rio de Janeiro on the aces.
Félix Solesio e Hijos - Real Fábrica de Madrid - Spanish National pattern for Venezuela
African art and symbolism on playing cards designed by John J. Beckvermit III, USA, 1994.
Pacific Northwest native Indian masks with artwork by Margaret Parrott, USA, 1992.
A pack with court cards reflecting different ethnic and cultural groups found in Ethiopia.
Courts and Aces inspired by Polynesian history and culture designed by Michèle Feltrin.
Nipponia Playing Cards are a Japanese-themed playing cards featuring samurai, kunoichi and oiran. De...
Figures from Hawaiian history and scenes of everyday life designed by Joseph Feher.
Original designs inspired by Mayan art and culture published by Fernando Güemes, Mexico.
According to the United Nations there are 54 countries on the continent of Africa
Drum playing cards depicting demographically diverse Africans of different ethnicities.
Playing cards depicting paintings of Traditional Nomadic Life of Mongolia.
Playing cards reflecting the history and culture of Suriname, on the northeastern coast of South Ame...
Andalusian playing cards designed by Marifé Montoya Carrillo with booklet by Jorge Lirola Delgado, 2...
‘Parisian’ Spanish pattern published by Fossorier, Amar et Cie (Paris), c.1902.
54 colour photographs of costumes and artefacts connected with the Inca civilisation, unknown publis...
Félix Solesio e Hijos, Fábrica de Macharaviaya, Spanish National pattern for West Indies, 1801.
Original designs from the French overseas department of Martinique by local artist Martine Porry.
Estonian national costumes and everyday items feature on this pack made in Estonia.
A colourful pack of round cards with Ganjifa designs by Asha Industries, Mumbai, India, 2002.
Pack designed for La Maison de L’Artisanat Ltée, Mauritius, by Hervé de Cotter.