Copper Bronze and Chrysocolla Ceremonial Knife Wall Decor, "Imperial Tumi"
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Andean artisan Angel Franco is motivated by his desire "...to learn more about my ancestors and our cultural legacy. What I want to transmit with my art is everything that ancient Peruvian cultures left for the world." He crafts a striking tumi wall accent using copper and bronze and accents it with gorgeous blue-green chrysocolla. A national symbol, the tumi is a ceremonial knife which was used by various indigenous groups, including the Inca, in ancient Peru. Although its original purpose was as an instrument for use by the priests in performing sacrifices during harvest celebrations, today, the tumi is used to attract good fortune and abundance, and many Peruvian homes have one hanging on a wall.
"Metal work has been part of Peruvian culture since before the Incas. It is an inheritance that my father taught me and I have taught my children. In our workshop, we make many replicas of Inca and traditional Peruvian art. We use brass, copper and silver like our ancestors did. This keeps our culture alive."
Angel still supports most of his family. He provides for his own wife and the wife of his eldest son. He pays for the education of his children. His Novica sales enable him to do so, providing a steady source of income for the family.
Angel Franco has received 5 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $600 and the most recent for $2000. Proceeds were used to invest in a bulk purchase of bronze and copper for his metalwork.
Angel has four children. His eldest son is unable to pay for the education of his two daughters. Angel provides for his granddaughters' education.