This cute hanging gourd decoration, called “mates burilados”, is “painted” using a precise and concentrated flame, and then the design is carved on top. Mates burilados are produced by talented artisans in the city of Cochas, in the centre of the Andes. This is a traditional process which was usually used for making plates and bowls, but now is mostly used for more elaborate decorative gourds. These artisans work with our fair trade partner Manos Amigas.
Manos Amigas partners with talented artisans from all over Peru to find new markets for their products, and to support training and new product design. Artisans use their intergenerational skills to create enterprises that preserve traditional craft skills and support their educational aspirations for the next generation.Read more
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