Cat Paw Prints Gourd Box
When works of art just happen to be functional as well, why, it's a win-win situation! Consider the Cat Paw Prints Gourd Box -- a genuine Peruvian gourd that's been dried and transformed into a practical lidded storage box boasting fabulous feline design.
Lightweight dried gourd has been dyed a soft black, and features an overall pattern of cat body silhouettes and paw prints in shades of gold. Fully removable lid has been cut with a decorative scalloped edging and fitted with a small wooden peg for ease in opening. Brilliant!
Measures approximately 3.75" H x 4" dia (9.5 x 10.2 cm). Hand-crafted in and fairly traded from Peru.
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August 17, 2013 - THIS IS SO CUTE I BOUGHT IT FOR MY CATS TO GIVE TO THEIR AUNT, SINCE SHE PICKED OUT ONE OF MY RESCUES, I AM GOING TO ORDER ONE FOR ME. GOOD QUALITY AND VERY DETAILED KITTY SORT OF SMALL BUT PERFECT FOR HER HAIR TIES TO KEEP THEM AWAY FROM HER KITTYS.
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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