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Hand-Carved Cat Gourd

Item # 29056
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Playfulness and tradition meet and mingle in a fun cat curio with global cachet. A smiling cat face, rendered in burned and carved tones of black, white, and sepia brown, enlivens the side of a dried gourd -- one of the traditional folk arts of the high Andes Mountains in Peru.

Gourds are harvested, skinned, cleaned, and dried in the sun before having the designs carved and burned into their surfaces. To create the black accents, a mixture of oil and straw charcoal is used. The gourd is washed and dried, and then fair-trade imported from Peru to you -- ready to join your desk, shelf, or coffee table display.

Each gourd is unique, and will measure approximately 4" T x 5" W (10.2 cm T x 12.7 cm W). Handmade in and fair-trade imported from Peru.

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Artisan: Peruvian gourd artisans

Artisan Peruvian gourd artisans

High in the Andean mountains of Peru sits the quiet gourd carving community of Cochas Chico, home to Esperanza Palomino and Raquel Rojas. The two women were inspired to start their own business based on the age-old local tradition of gourd carving. In a community where farming difficulties have left many struggling to make ends meet, gourd carving (mates burilados) has provided a source of income for many families. Profits made from the gourds are shared amongst the community and given to the families with the greatest needs. Esperanza says, "All that I hope and dream for the future is to spread my craft to all countries so that our work will be very recognized. My biggest dream is that all will have work and that all the families will have a better future."

In Andean culture, gourd carving is a tradition handed down generation after generation and a tool to record traditions, rituals, myths and celebrations. As Esperanza explains, "This craft we inherited from our ancestors, grandparents, and parents to the present. Each generation improves the art and it continues to grow with future generations." Today, the work of Esperanza Palomino and Raquel Rojas helps to preserve a special part of Andean culture while providing economic opportunity in their community.

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