Honoring craft traditions with creativity and innovation

From the awe-inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu, the splendor of the jewels of Sipan, to the enigmatic Nazca lines, contemporary Peruvian artists have an immensely rich cultural heritage from which to draw inspiration. For thousands of years Peruvians have been perfecting the art of weaving, carving, knitting, pottery, and jewelry making, and their contemporary crafts reflect their talents. Lucuma Designs is proud to help preserve craft techniques that have stood the test of time, and that have been passed down from generation to generation.

"Since I was little, I had a passion for exploring the colorful and vibrant craft markets of Peru where there was always something new to discover. For over 20 years now, I have been honored to work side by side with top Peruvian artists co-creating handmade collections that honor their traditions. It feels good to give something back to my country and share its beauty with the world." Alessandra Bravo, Co-Founder

Artist and Folk Art Story Sheets

These color story sheets help tell the stories of our products and introduce you to some of our artist partners! For your convenience, you may download them to print for yourself.


Gourd Making Technique

Gourd Story Telling Tradition

Gourd Birdhouses

Gourd Art Carving and Pyrography Techniques

Peruvian Gourd Carving Tradition

Natural Gourd Birdhouses

"Andean master carvers travel to the gourd fields on the Peruvian northern coast to ensure and inspect the quality of the raw materials..."

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"In the Andean mountains of Peru, in a tiny village of 50 families, fine gourd carving has been practiced for generations..."

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"Long ago, Native Americans recognized the benefits of bringing purple martin colonies to their villages and so they would hang..."
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Fun Facts

Gourd After
school Program

Holiday Gourd Half Sheets

Knitting Tradition

"On the shores of Lake Titicaca, on the frigid Andean mountain plateau at 12,500 feet above sea level, everyone is a master knitter. This mostly Aymara community has a long history of fine textile making as their ancestors have been doing it for thousands of years…"

Finger Puppets

In Organic Cotton

knitted finger puppets

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Organic Cotton Finger Puppets Story Sheet

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In Alpaca Wool

Ornament Knitters

Alpaca Finger Puppets Story Sheet

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ornament knitters
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3D Arpillera Art Quilt

"The Peruvian Arpillera folk art tradition began in the 1970's when social upheaval in Peru pushed entire Andean communities to migrate to the city in search for a better life…"

Ceramic Artists

In the city of Arequipa is a small family owned ceramic workshop specializing in…

Arpillera TraditionArpillera Tradition Story Sheet

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Nativity Artists

nativity artists
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