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Updates from Our Artists and Team

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Written by The Lucuma Team
Arpillera Artist Silvia

As an international fair trade company, we’re concerned about all the lives that Covid-19 is impacting. Like we all know, the virus is changing every aspect of life and work, but fortunately, so far, our employees and artists in Peru and Costa Rica remain healthy and all our team members are working remotely. Alessandra and I are in Peru, we were here when the borders closed. For now we need to stay put and are able to oversee our aide efforts here. We are using this time to strategize and use our creativity to do what we can right now.

Raquel Sanabria García: Growing with Gourd Art and Fair Trade

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Written by The Lucuma Team
Ester arpillera quilter

Raquel Sanabria García grew up admiring her parents’ ability to create beautiful gourd art. So, as she grew, so did her love and talent in creating gourd art.

Lizzet Hurtado: A Woman Artist Empowered by Fair Trade

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Written by The Lucuma Team
Lizzet gourd artist

Representing a new generation of gourd artists, Lizzet Hurtado continued her family’s art tradition when marrying Rodolfo few years ago, they started their own workshop. As an accomplished artist and business woman, she has experienced her dose of gender discrimination in our male-dominated society. She felt first hand how a woman must work harder than her male counterparts to leave a mark.

Handmade Beauty

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Written by The Lucuma Team
Handmade gourd carving

Behind every handcrafted gift, there is a story. These gifts offer windows into the lives of the talented artists who have poured their love and time into creating something truly unique. Their crafts offer intrinsic value that goes far beyond what our eyes can see, which is why we love our products so much. And we know you will, too!

Making Lucuma’s Birdie Gourds

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Written by The Lucuma Team
Birdie Gourd video


Watch as artisans in Peru draw, clean, paint and carve gourd ornaments for Lucuma Designs.

Creating owl gourds

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Written by The Lucuma Team
Owl Gourd video

Watch the process a gourd goes through to become an owl ornament.

A Story of Resilience and Hope

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Written by The Lucuma Team
Ana Maria gourd carver

Ana Maria (one of our carvers) is a warrior, resilent and dedicated to move her daughters forward despite the difficulties of leaving her town behind.

Creating Santa gourds

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Written by The Lucuma Team
Santa Gourd video

Watch the process a gourd goes through to become a santa ornament.

Meet gourd artists Alejandro and Victoria

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Written by The Lucuma Team
Alejandro and Victoria

Alejandro and Victoria work together running a workshop that creates many of our popular gourd ornaments.

Celebrating mothers and 360 fair trade

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Written by The Lucuma Team
Fair Trade Mothers

Mother's Day and Fair Trade Day are both this weekend so we wanted to take a minute and thank you for supporting 360° fair trade which in turn helps support mothers all over the world.

Fair Trade helps make a merrier Christmas

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Written by The Lucuma Team
December Update

Every year since 2007, the gourd artists from Cochas, Huancayo, host a community Christmas celebration, bringing joy to the local children.

Meet Pablo Hurtado

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Written by The Lucuma Team
Pablo November Update

Pablo Hurtado, one of our gourd artists, learned the art of gourd carving at a young age from his parents.

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