Rainforest Scene Gourds from Peru
There are carved gourds, and there are finely carved gourds. These carved gourds, which depict a rainforest scene, belong to the latter. This level of detail is only possible by master gourd carvers with many years of experience. The exquisite workmanship depicts a dense rainforest scene and the diversity of life therein. 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. These gourds depicting the flora and fauna of a dense tropical rainforest may just transport you to the Peruvian Amazon. A sure buy for the nature lover in you!! Go Green!!
Small measures approximately 2-3/4” high x 2-3/4” diameter
Large measures approximately 4-1/4” high x 3-1/2” diameter
Handmade, etched, and carved in Peru and fair trade imported.
MEET THE ARTISANS
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."