Turtles are a symbol of strength and longevity and are often believed to bring good furtune and luck. This turtle is wonderfully carved, etched, and burned on a natural gourd by artisans from the high Andes of Peru. Gourds are naturally occuring vegetables and made into beautiful items and unique ornaments, an age old craft practiced amongst these Peruvian artisans.
Handmade, carved, and etched in Peru and fair trade imported.
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.
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