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Gourd Bowl Hand Carved Chacana 4" x 5" Fair Trade Peru

  • Gourd Bowl - Chacana Hand Carved Artisan Made Collector's Piece
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Hand Carved Chacana Bowl Gourd One of a Kind Artisan Craft
  • A gourd bowl carved and burned with a design that includes the traditional Chacana cross of the Andes.
  • Andean master carvers travel to the gourd fields on the Peruvian northern coast to ensure and inspect the quality of their raw material.
  • Gourds, vegetables very closely related to pumpkins, squash and cucumbers, grow in a variety of shapes and sizes which allow gourd carvers to create a variety of functional and decorative pieces.
  • The elaborate process starts by selecting and “green-scraping” the gourds, using a dull knife to shed the outer green skin and reveal the lighter color below.
  • Laid out on the sandy beaches, the gourds dry naturally in the hot Peruvian desert sun.
  • Using a technique called pyrography, artists use fire to create the rich shades of browns and black in each natural art piece. 
  • At times, after the carving and burning, a white paste is applied to highlight the intricate carvings. 
  • Then, depending on what the gourd will become - a box, a bowl, a basket, or perhaps a birdhouse - it may be cut open, and the inside scraped, ridding the gourds of seeds and fibers.
  • Finally, cleaned and coated. The finished artwork is both complex and beautiful, presenting you with a one of a kind piece with a tradition that dates back more than 4,000 years.
  • Now the creativity of our artists is ready to shine as original patterns are sketched on each gourd and intricate designs are hand carved with precision with simple hand chisels.
  • 4" - 5"
  • Each piece is unique.  Size and shape vary.

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