Born in Cochas, Peru in 1973, Raquel Sanabria García grew up admiring her parents’ ability to create beautiful gourd art. So, her talent and love for designing gorgeous gourd gallery pieces came naturally. As a young girl, she enjoyed watching her father make perfectly detailed carvings of animals and people.
“My dad imparted in me his wisdom and taught me how to also create perfect carvings. He couldn’t take any sloppy work, and always told me to do it well. He was a perfectionist.”
As an adult, her love for her parents’ art has transformed from admiration to appreciation: “This work is worth a lot to me. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have it. I find this work comfortable because I can be with my husband and children. I can take care of them when they come home and feed them and educate them.”