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

byAlejandro Chavez: icon star icon star icon star icon star icon star (177)
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 the Andesicon info
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177

Pamela

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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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Florence

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11/28/2021

"I love this colorful retablo"

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I ve always wanted one of these colorful retablos and am so happy I waited for this one. Love Alejandro s work and just purchased another. Thank you and blessings to you and yours.

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Joanne

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11/27/2021

"Yes ,this will be passed down through the generations."

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This is so beautifully made, what I like most is that to display you just open the door??Wonderful design. THANK YOU!

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Mark

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11/20/2021

"Manger scene"

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Cute small manger scene.

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

Kelly

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11/17/2021

"Beautiful work"

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Makes a beautiful cherished gift.

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Ms. M

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11/07/2021

"Exquisite detail, vibrant colors!"

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Alejandro Chavez is a phenomenal artist. This piece is a central focus of art in my living room. While I am not a religious person per se - the Garden of Eden, in a sense, tells a universal story of human progress from innocence to the present. Where would humankind be in terms of progress without our artists? Thank you, Alejandra!

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Garden of Eden, Retablo Folk Art Mirror

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

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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