Gourds are vegetables related to pumpkins and squash, and they grow in a variety of shapes and sizes. After harvesting , peeling and sun-drying the gourds, the artist draws the design with a pencil. 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. Finally the outside is waxed and polished, presenting you with a one-of-a-kind piece to treasure for generations!
In Peru, storytelling through gourd carving has a long history. Archeologists found a gourd depicting deities over 4,000 years old. Today, in the tiny Andean village of Cochas almost everyone is a gourd artist, and fine gourd carving has been practiced for generations. Besides decorative purposes, gourds in Peru also serve as functional vessels for storing spices or serving food or chicha, a traditional corn beer.
Our fair trade hummingbird gourds showcase the amazing talents of our gourd carvers in Peru. Look at these adorable little birds–they’re so intricately carved! They will be beautiful on any tree. Or you can celebrate nature year-round and hang them in your favorite room!
This natural gourd ornament averages 2” to 3.5” tall but size and design will vary as nature and the artist intended. To maintain its beauty for years to come, please keep in a dry location.
Please note that each ornament is unique and varies in detail. The ornaments pictured are only samples of what you may receive.