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Domingo Rojas Morales, Borucan Artist

Domingo Rojas Morales, Borucan Artist

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Written by The Lucuma Team
Domingo’s work has a distinctive and uplifting boldness.
Boruca Exhibition 2022

Boruca Exhibition 2022

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Written by Giancarlo Samamé

Starting the year with one of our most important exhibitions Rainsforest Masks od Costa Rica Exhibition The Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica exhibition highlights the artistry of the Indigenous Boruca tribe of Costa Rica.

Updates from Our Artists and Team

Updates from Our Artists and Team

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Written by The Lucuma Team
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.
Why Scary Masks?

Why Scary Masks?

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Written by The Lucuma Team
For Borucans, these masks symbolize protective nature spirits. Masks have a special place in their hearts because they saved the very existence of their ancestors and culture.
Melvin Gonzalez Rojas, Borucan Artist

Melvin Gonzalez Rojas, Borucan Artist

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Written by The Lucuma Team
As an accomplished and recognized Borucan artist, Melvin likes to challenge himself. Over the past few years he has transitioned to painting more often on canvas than on balsa wood.
Modern Masks

Modern Masks

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Written by The Lucuma Team
For Borucans, these masks symbolize protective nature spirits. Masks have a special place in their hearts because they saved the very existence of their ancestors and culture.
Rudy Gomez, Borucan Artist

Rudy Gomez, Borucan Artist

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Written by The Lucuma Team
Rudy Boruca mask carver


Rudy is one of the youngest fine-carving artists. He eagerly learns new carving tricks. Most often, a mask artist will bring him a balsa wood log with a design drawn on it for him to carve. In return the artist will paint one of his masks.

Sugey Jimenez Acosta, Borucan Artist

Sugey Jimenez Acosta, Borucan Artist

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Written by The Lucuma Team
Sugey started playing with paint brushes at a young age inspired by her godmother. After marrying Marcos in 2005, she easily picked up new techniques from him while falling in love with mask painting. Orchids are her specialty as she enjoys replicating different varieties with intricate details.
Women and Boruca Masks

Women and Boruca Masks

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Written by The Lucuma Team
Traditionally, and for generations, mask making has been a male dominated activity. Only very recently, some women in Boruca have become interested in painting masks but it is still rare to see one carving.
Ismael González Rojas, Borucan Artist

Ismael González Rojas, Borucan Artist

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Written by The Lucuma Team
Ismael started carving at a young age and is one of the few artists in Boruca still working with cedar wood.
Loly, Maria De Los Santos, Borucan Artist

Loly, Maria De Los Santos, Borucan Artist

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Written by The Lucuma Team
Loly dries and boils the jicara fruit for hours to cure and clean it. Then she envisions her animal, carving the legs, head and tail in balsa wood. Her grandson works alongside her, adding the color.
Selby Gardens Rainforest Mask Painting Class: Educational and Enchanting!

Selby Gardens Rainforest Mask Painting Class: Educational and Enchanting!

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Written by The Lucuma Team
The Rainforest Mask exhibit at Selby Gardens in Sarasota, FL offered so many opportunities to learn more about the beauty of Borucan culture. During the first week of the exhibit, three team members of Lucuma Designs took the opportunity to have their hands at mask painting. What did they think of the experience?

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