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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.

Etched African Animal Gourd  
Price: $46.00
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Monkey, leopards and zebras peek out from this energetic jungle scene. A great gift for animal-loving friends and family.

Traditional gourds are coated with a paste of charcoal and oil to stain the etched lines black. In this carving the etched portions of the gourd remain their natural color to contrast with the outer surface that has been burned black. Gourd Carving is a traditional craft of the high Andean Mountain, an age-old craft practiced amongst the artisans for generations in Peru. Purchase of these gourds helps to provide economic and social support to Peruvian artisans and their families.

  • Measures 4-1/2" high x 5" diameter

Gourds are a natural and uniquely shaped vegetable, similar to a pumpkin or a squash. As such, designs and dimensions will vary. Handmade in Peru and fair trade imported.

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