This tricolour and white carved gourd, is from Cochas Grande, Huancayo. Fine carved patterns sit above mountains and the scenes of daily life in the village.
As well as being a beautiful and interesting ornament, this gourd is cut through at the top creating a lid, so you can store your other trinkets within.
These tricoloured gourds, or mate burilados as they’re known in Peru, are produced by gently, but precisely, blowing heat on the gourd with smouldering eucalyptus wood to darken the skin. The longer the gourd skin is exposed to heat, the darker the colour. The rest of the design is then carefully carved by hand with a very sharp nail. Instead of being rubbed with wood ash to bring out the final carved design, this gourd is washed in white.
The art of gourd carving is passed on through each generation.The designs are inspired by the carvers surroundings, traditions and stories from the village, and images are always carved directly onto the gourds.
Height 8.5cm, width 10.5cm