Giraffe Pattern Carved Gourd- from Peru
Giraffes are known for their spotted coats. Different subspecies (types) of giraffes have different patterns of spots. Why do giraffe have spots? Either:
the different colors absorb heat at different rates thus establishing air convection currents that keep the animal cool in the heat of the day.
the spots help them to camouflage, or blend into their surroundings thus providing some protection against prey animals.
or it could be a condition called Psoriasis.
The giraffe has one of the shortest sleep requirements of any mammal, which is between ten minutes and two hours in a 24-hour period. This beautiful gourd box with a giraffe pattern was skillfully crafted by by artisans of Huancayo Peru. Gourd Carving is a traditional craft of the high Andean Mountains of Peru. Each gourd is skinned, cleaned, and sun-dried before artisans etch and burn the intricate designs that adorn its surface. This carved gourd box makes a gorgeous gift for giraffe and animal lovers.
Measures 4-1/4” high x 4-1/4” diameter
Handmade in Peru and fair trade imported.
MEET THE ARTIST
Tito Medina Artisan Story
Tito Medina belongs to the fourth generation of gourd carvers; his parents Eulogio Medina and Guillermina Salome, are from Huancayo,
Tito 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