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Hand Made Folk Art Mirror from Peru, "Little Carnaval"

byAlejandro Chavez: icon star icon star icon star icon star icon star (142)
Alejandro Chávez crafts a mirror frame rooted in Andean tradition. Varied scenes... more

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Alejandro Chávez crafts a mirror frame rooted in Andean tradition. Varied scenes represent Carnavalito (Little Carnival), a celebration held in the Peruvian Andes. Musicians play traditional instruments, participants re-enact the birth of Jesus, incredible masks hang on the wall, and a couple stands beneath a towering prickly pear cactus. Known as a retablo, this traditional diorama is housed in a colorful chest crafted of wood and painted. Chávez carefully models each figure from ceramic plaster and paints them by hand.

  • 0.92 kgs
  • 2.0 lbs
  • Frame: 30 cm H x 23 cm W x 3.5 cm D
  • Frame: 11.75" H x 9" W x 1.4" D
  • Mirror: 8.5 cm W x 16 cm H
  • Mirror: 3.3" W x 6.25" H

  • MDF, ceramic
  • Signed by the artist
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Andesicon info
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142

From Bowling Green, OH

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10/24/2019

"Such a joyous meaningful retablo"

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This retablo is intricate and beautifully made. It hangs on the wall by my bed and gives me joy every time I see it. It shows the fun of Carnaval in the Andes. The artisan is wonderful and a talented artist and I treasure this.

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Little Carnaval, Hand Made Folk Art Mirror from Peru

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07/10/2019

"Inspirational and charming"

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Some of the little figures came unglued in the shipping process, but I think I can get them back where they belong. The mirror is delightful, and seeing it on my wall will bring smiles for years. I hope I dont destroy the intent of the work with my own craft.

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Little Carnaval, Hand Made Folk Art Mirror from Peru

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05/23/2019

"A Treasure."

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I just got this today and I am so impressed with the intricate artwork and beauty. I thought about giving this as a gift but now I am keeping it for myself. Thanks so much for your artistry!

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Little Carnaval, Hand Made Folk Art Mirror from Peru

From Milwaukee, WI

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08/02/2020

"Beautiful"

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I have many retablos and this one is by far my favorite. I love the muted colors of it.

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07/20/2020

"simply beautiful"

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I was so surprised when this arrived. The level of detail and craftsmanship is stunning!!!

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05/22/2020

"I love this Wooden Blue Nativity"

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The Retablo is so peaceful with the blue starry scene. The figures inside are colorful. I bought one several years ago, but gave it to my granddaughter who had lived in Peru for almost two years. Now I am buying one for myself.

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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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