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Product ID: 61305

Fair Trade Folk Art Retablo Mirror, "Chapel of Bethlehem"

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Diverse scenes representative of the Ayacucho region of Peru comprise this... more

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Diverse scenes representative of the Ayacucho region of Peru comprise this handcrafted retablo, a unique style of Andean folk art. The altar-like composition is divided into several shelves, populated by colorful figures and expressions of native customs. In the upper space, Alejandro Chavez recreates the birth of Jesus, as men and women dressed in traditional Peruvian attire look on proudly. The frame is made from wood, while the artist uses ceramic figures and vibrant paints to evoke the vast tapestry of human emotions.

  • 2.50 kgs
  • 5.5 lbs
  • Retablo: 50 cm H x 40 cm W x 4 cm D
  • Retablo: 19.75" H x 15.75" W x 1.6" D
  • Mirror: 17.5 cm W x 27.5 cm H
  • Mirror: 7" W x 10.75" H

  • Ceramic, MDF
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Andesicon info
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  • Premium Gift Wrap? No

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152

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07/23/2019

"Big colorful and what a work of art"

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This piece is so big and is an amazing piece of artwork. I unpacked this well wrapped piece and just stared at all the work that has gone into making this piece. Every one of the dolls are handmade and have such character.

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Chapel of Bethlehem, Fair Trade Folk Art Retablo Mirror

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10/20/2020

"Such a beautiful addition to our Advent"

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My family, which includes my grown son, his girlfriend, and me, love Christmas and enjoy every year unpacking the tree ornaments and creches. This is a beautiful and sacred retablo creche we will treasure for years to come.

Best Uses

  • Christmas, Advent, decoration, altars, celebration

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From Canada

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10/18/2020

"beautiful and cozy"

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so well made and well packed! My daughter will be so delighted with this retablo!

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Gift Occasion:
  • This was a gift for: Daughter
  • Occasion: Christmas

Verified Reviewer

10/04/2020

"Beautiful retailing!"

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This is A joy to own and it is a welcome addition to my Christmas decorations.

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From Iowa

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10/03/2020

"nice addition to my collection of nativities."

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Item shows creativity and craftsmanship.

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Inspirational beautiful colorful.

Best Uses

  • Christmas display

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Verified Reviewer

09/19/2020

"Absolutely beautiful"

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After I saw the Peruvian film Retablo on Netflix with its scenes showing the craftsmanship that goes in to these captivating pieces, I was excited to see retablos from Peru on Novica. The colors are so deep, and I admire the work done in creating each miniature mask.

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decor Peru handmade hand-crafted

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

 
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