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Retablo, 'Blue Christmas' - Christmas Nativity Retablo Folk Art Handmade in Peru

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Christmas Nativity Retablo Folk Art Handmade in Peru, "Blue Christmas"

This colorful box depicts the first Christmas. Alejandro Chávez crafts a... more

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This colorful box depicts the first Christmas. Alejandro Chávez crafts a traditional retablo (diorama) in the regional style of Ayacucho. The Holy Family and the three kings are modeled of clay and painted by hand. Beneath them, villagers harvest the red fruit of the prickly pear cactus.

  • 0.83 kgs
  • 1.8 lbs
  • Open: 26.5 cm H x 29.5 cm W x 6 cm D
  • Open: 10.5" H x 11.5" W x 2.4" D
  • Closed: 26.5 cm H x 14.5 cm W x 6.5 cm D
  • Closed: 10.5" H x 5.75" W x 2.6" D

  • MDF, ceramic
  • Signed by the artist
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in the Andesicon info
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Martha

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01/10/2020

"Gift"

My daughter loves this. Beautiful colors.

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IRINA

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09/28/2019

"Great addition to holiday home decor"

Very bright colors and beautiful details! A great piece of true folk art. This is my second retablo from Alejandro Chavez, and this time it is a gift. I am sure my brother and his wife will love this unique piece of art. Thank you, Alejandro!

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Carrie

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12/27/2018

"A work of Art"

Beautifully made...the details are so fine

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Taylor

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07/31/2018

"a beautiful christmas memory"

a great find to add to my collections of Christmas retablos!

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Barbara

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07/05/2022

"Collectors item"

Sophisticated folk art.

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Barbara

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07/05/2022

"a sophisticated Peruvian folk art"

This traditional Ayacucho-style retablo is perfectly executed. its atrue collectors item. It can be displayed on a tabletop or on the wall. Fast delivery, safe packaging.

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Profound Impact

Profound Impact

Novica sales provide Alejandro's family workshop with a steady cash flow. These sales account for nearly half of their monthly income, helping to ensure their survival. Markets and other seasonal outlets provide supplemental income that contributes to their annual living expenses. In the coming years, Alejandro hopes to grow his workshop and better his family by increasing his Novica sales.

Preserving Traditions

Preserving Traditions

At school in Ayacucho, Alejandro began to learn the indigenous art of Andean retableria. Seeking to refine his craft, he apprenticed at the workshop of Angel Castro to learn the secrets of a master retablista. Upon his teacher's death, Alejandro founded his own workshop. There he began to incorporate his wife's modeled figures into his traditional retablos. Today Alejandro's nephews are his apprentices and his family workshop continues to craft their beloved retablos, which recount the culture and traditions of the Andes.

Enabling Education

Enabling Education

One year away from his 50th birthday, Alejandro and his wife adopted a son and a daughter (Jose and Carol) from their hometown. Today Alejandro continues to provide for the education of his children and his grandchild, who joined the family in 2018. His daughter Carol is studying accounting and his son Jose is at the police academy.

Microcredit Financing

Microcredit Financing

Alejandro Chavez has received 4 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $800 and the most recent for $1100. Proceeds were used to invest in the purchase of raw materials such as plaster, ceramic, plywood and paint.

Covering Basic Needs

Covering Basic Needs

This artist striving to supporting their own or their family's basic needs and improve their livelihood.

 
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