Peru

Panda Nesting Gourds

Regular price $ 39.00

A whole new way to enjoy gourd boxes! A set of four adorable pandas that nest inside each other.  Artisans in the Andes Mountains of Peru handcraft these amazing gourd boxes by harvesting and peeling gourds (similar to pumpkins), then letting them dry in the sun.  The artisans then create the design first by etching the gourd, then by burning it using the glowing embers of heated quinual wood.  The artisans use the tip of the red-hot wood to create contrast on the gourd by blowing on the ember.  Blowing harder creates a darker burn.  It is an incredible process handed down from past generations, continued in small villages using the same techniques their ancestors used.  

These sweet pandas make a special gift for a kid or a wonderful addition to a gourd box collection.  

Set of 4 - Largest approximately 4 1/2" Diam. x 4 1/2" H;

Smallest approximately 2 1/4" Diam. x 2 1/4" H

Handcrafted item, variations in color and style will occur

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