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  • Monarch Butterflies Gourd Ornament: Light

Monarch Butterflies Gourd Ornament: Light

RRP: $11.50 (You save $1.15)
$10.35
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CRG105N
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Product Description

Our natural colored Monarch butterfly ornament celebrates these amazing butterflies. Each gourd has been hand-carved and naturally colored with fire by a Peruvian artist following a technique over 4,000 years old. Add a whimsical touch to your Christmas tree with this beautiful ornament!

They average 2.5"- 3" inches tall and details will vary as nature and the artist intended.

ABOUT THE PROCESS: Gourds are vegetables related to pumpkins, squash and cucumbers, and they grow in a variety of shapes and sizes. This allows gourd artists to create a range of decorative ornaments, boxes or birdhouses.

After harvest the process starts by selecting and “green-scraping” each gourd using a dull knife to shed the outer green skin. The gourds then dry naturally in the sun of the coastal desert.

Next, the artist creatively draws the design with a pencil adapting to the shape. A skillful carver then carefully etches the fine lines with a simple hand chisel. 

Using a technique called pyrography, fire adds the rich shades of browns and blacks. Sometimes after the carving and burning, a white paste is applied and washed off to highlight the intricate carvings. Gourd boxes will be cut open and the inside scraped clean of seeds and fibers and then painted. Finally the outside is waxed and polished, presenting you with a one-of-a-kind piece to treasure for generations! 

FAIR TRADE: Through artistic collaboration, superb craftsmanship, sustainable design and amazing teamwork, Lucuma Design’s collections spread beauty and cheer to consumers and artists alike!

With fair trade you help change the world for the better, one gift at a time! When you help spread their art, you empower our Peruvian Artists to improve their lives, invest in their kids education and gain a stronger voice within their communities.

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