This item is available for backorder and will ship within 2 to 8 weeks. Read more
This item is available for pre-order and will ship within 2 to 8 weeks. Read more
Turning its head slightly sideways, a tortoise walks slowly through different myths, legends and fables. In Hinduism, Akupara the tortoise carries the world on its back upholding earth and sea. In China, a turtle or tortoise signifies longevity, and in Feng Shui, the Black Tortoise symbolizes support for home, family life and personal relationships. According to Feng Shui lore, placing a tortoise behind the home, at a back door or in the backyard is said to bring good luck and many blessings. Seji Taram carves a vivid suar wood sculpture of the celebrated tortoise. His attention to detail is admirable as it leads to an expressive work of art.
Since the death of her husband Ketut has not only survived she has managed to thrive. She has grown her business and is now able to employ other artisans in her community.
Ketut learned to carve from her husband. Sadly he passed away and she was left to support herself and two children. Before he died, her husband urged her to be strong and become her own woman. She has done so and has grown their business. She employs three carvers and two women to hand finish the carvings.
Ketut learned to carve from her late husband. Their workshop continues to produce his designs and also the ones Ketut has developed. She teaches her workers to carve and carefully instructs her finishers in how to refine each detail of the sculptures.
Novica sales provide Ketut with a steady income that has enabled her to grow her business. She is able to support not only her son but to provide steady wages to her workers enabling them to support themselves and their families.
The Women's Empowerment badge is awarded to female artisans or artisan groups that are led by women.
Ketut is a widow. Her daughter is grown and she is raising her young son alone.
Ketut is determined to give her son the best possible education.