Halloween Spider Gourd Boxes - 2 sizes

One World Projects

$ 17.00

Halloween folklore says that, if you see a spider on Halloween, it could be the spirit of a loved one watching you!!!!That might be a spooky thought to imagine, but this piece of art created on a natural gourd vegetable is a pleasant way to welcome Halloween!!!

Adorned with cobwebs and tiny spider motifs all around, these boxes are perfect for decorating on Halloween. The ochre, brown, and black colour schemes fit well with pumpkins and the colors of the season.

These beautiful gourd boxes are made by artisans at Tito Medina's workshop in Huancayo Peru. Gourd carving is a traditional craft of the Andean mountain region and in the Medina family it spans four generations. The art of carving gourds is helping to bring sustainable income to more than 20 artisans and their families.

Available in two sizes, use these unique and fairly traded gourd boxes for storage as well as to decorate your home this Halloween and welcome the winter season!!

  • Measures 3" high x 3-1/2" diameter - Small
  • Measures 3-1/2" high x 5" diameter - Large

Handmade, etched, and carved in Peru and fair trade imported.

MEET THE ARTISAN

Tito Medina Artisan Story
Peru

Tito Medina belongs to the fourth generation of gourd carvers; his parents Eulogio Medina and Guillermina Salome, are from Cochas Chicas, Peru which is well known for carving, etching, burning, and transforming gourds into unique works of art. Tito is a master craftsman and is known across the continent for his fine carvings and pyro-engraved gourds, each one telling a unique story. He has been carving gourds since childhood, and opened his first market stall in 1986. Through his work he has promoted the traditional craft of his region and has raised it to the level of a fine art. Over the years he has participated in several art fairs and received numerous awards for his work.

 

MA:TITO_240x159Tito and his family run Medina Handicrafts – a company that exports hand crafted gourd ornaments, masks and musical instruments. The family employs about 20 gourd artisans from the area in their engraving workshop at Huancayo, Peru. Medina Handicrafts makes certain that the artisans employed with them receive consistent work and a stable income. The farmers from the costal town of Chiclayo, who harvest gourds for the company, also enjoy an abundant local market and consistency for selling their produce to Tito’s business, thus providing stability for their families and community.

Tito Medina has also been invited to various events and fairs to demonstrate and teach his gourd-engraving craft. Since 2002, Tito has periodically participated in workshops in the United States and has also displayed his products at prestigious fairs such as the Santa Fe Folk Art Festival.