Red Butterfly Gourd Etching - from Peru
Prairie wolves or coyotes are often mentioned in ancient native American and aboriginal stories. They are portrayed as mythical characters, sometimes as tricksters and sometimes as heroes. This gourd decorative piece with a striking use of contrasting colors, displays a natural landscape with a wild pack of coyotes. A great item for animal lovers that love the wild side!
- Measures 3-3/4” high x 3-1/2” diameter
- Also available with an intricate white background
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."