Geometric Gourd Pouches Crafted by Artisans in PeruMeasures 3” high x 3-1/4” diameter with a 23” drop
Artesanias Peru - Esperanza and Raquel Artisan Story
Cochas Chico and Coches Grande, twin farming villages nestled in the Andean mountains of Huancayo Peru, are home to a rich tradition of gourd carving. It's also home to Esperanza Palomino and Raquel Sabastian Rojas, two women who have established small fair-trade businesses to help create new jobs for the artisans in their village. Besides creating new jobs for artisans aged ten to sixty, both women manage work distribution from the main office to give priority to the families with the greatest need.
Esperanza carves her gourds wearing the colorful and traditional Huanca skirts, and its quite common to find her carving surrounded by her husband, sons, brothers, nephews and brothers-in-law. "My biggest dream is that all will have work and that all the families will have a better future," she says.
Raquel's workshop also creates work for about fifteen families and manages orders from the main office. Like Esperanza's workshop, Raquel's artisans share the work so that parents, children and grandparents collaborate together on large orders. "This craft we inherited from our ancestors, grand parents, and parents to the present," Raquel tells us. "Each generation improves the art and it continues to grow with future generations."
"If we have fun in our work, it will teach us to know more of our culture," Esperanza adds. "Through the created drawings we are inspired to do many things. The tradition of gourd carving helps to shape the culture and customs of the town."
This evening pouch made from a gourd is an elegant and "earth conscious" choice for your evening engagements. Geometric patterns adorn the bottom and it comes with a handmade crochet top and pull string closures. Gourd Carving is a traditional craft of the high Andean Mountains of Peru. Each gourd is skinned, cleaned, and sun-dried before artisans carve, etch, and burn the intricate designs that adorn its surface. A beautiful and stylish accessory for the fashionista.
Measures 3” high x 3-1/4” diameter
Braided cord with a 23" drop
Geometric designs vary
Gourds are a natural and uniquely shaped vegetable, similar to a pumpkin or a squash. As such, designs and dimensions will vary slightly. Handmade, carved, etched, and burned in Peru and fair trade imported.