'Jicarò' Dried Gourd
Standing on three wooden legs, this decorative bowl has an antique design. Artisans Fernando and Lidia of Guatemala design the bowl, using jícaro (or Mexican calabash), Montezuma pine, and pinewood to craft the piece. Floral motifs are etched into the black lacquer finish.
- 5,25 H x 5 Diam in
- 0.3 lbs
- Jicaro gourd, Montezuma pine, pinewood
- For decorative use only
- Not for use with foods
- Hand-crafted item -- color, woodgrain and/or motif may vary slightly
The artisan behind ...
"We have big dreams and hope people everywhere can see our work. We hope you'll open your homes to our art."
Born in Baja Verapaz, artisan couple Fernando and Lidia are known for their hard work, perseverance, and their love for their art. They work with the morro calabash gourd.
"My parents worked with gourds and this is how I learned to prepare the materials, but it wasn't until I married Fernando that I learned more about this art. His family also worked with morro calabash. When we were at his house, his mom would be working and I wanted to watch her. I liked the sound that the gourds make when they're being carved. So Fernando, my mother-in-law, and my sister-in-law taught me how to carve the dried calabashes and today, I'm teaching my daughters.
"Since then, our art has been beautiful experience, although difficult at times. We have our own small workshop, where we have to divide our time between working and taking care of our children. It's a job we love... read more