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Handcrafted Christian Theme Christmas Retablo Diorama, "Blue Andean Christmas"

Watching over their tiny son, Mary and Joseph smile as shepherds worship in the... more

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Watching over their tiny son, Mary and Joseph smile as shepherds worship in the blue Andean night. Beneath, an Andean hat shop offers sombreros for sale. Alejandro Chávez portrays the scenes on two levels in three dimensions. This traditional diorama is known as a retablo; each figurine is modeled and painted by hand.

  • 1.02 kgs
  • 2.2 lbs
  • Open: 30.5 cm H x 35.5 cm W x 6.5 cm D
  • Open: 12" H x 14" W x 2.6" D
  • Closed: 30.5 cm H x 17 cm W x 7 cm D
  • Closed: 12" H x 6.75" W x 2.8" D

  • Plywood and ceramic
  • Signed by the artist
  • 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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  • Premium Gift Wrap? Yes

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Janice

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01/11/2020

"Cant wait to share with others"

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For past two years have hosted a Nativity Open House with depictions from many countries/cultures. I especially like the cultural reference of the hat shop below. Just as many of us learn the story of room made for the Holy Family in the animals shelter, this shows room made for the birth and adoration of Jesus where a family makes their livelihood.

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Edward

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03/01/2021

"Beautiful in Simplicity"

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The artist masterfully introduces Peruvian peasants to the Birth of Jesus.

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Karen

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01/24/2021

"A gorgeous gift!"

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Sent this to my brother for Christmas. He and his family LOVE it. Many thanks

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june

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

Mary

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09/23/2017

"Another winner"

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I now have three retablos and each is unique and beautiful. The workmanship is exquisite and I will enjoy displaying them at Christmas for many years.

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Ariane

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05/20/2022

"Beautiful Nativity"

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I love this! It stays out all year long. Just gorgeous!

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Blue Nativity, Handmade Wood Retablo Diorama Peruvian Folk Art

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Elizabeth

From Denham Springs, LA, US

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05/10/2022

"Perfect for Celebrating Christmas"

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Our youngest grandkids love this little all in one nativity. It is sturdy enough that they can handle it without the fear of them breaking it. We have cherished this for many years, and look forward to bringing it out for Christmas for many more years to come!

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Best Uses

  • Christmas Decoration

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Brenda

From Texas

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04/28/2022

"Beautiful craftsmanship"

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I got one for myself and one for my sister. So glad I did! Very nice, self contained nativity.

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

Libby

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03/09/2022

"Gorgeous Gift"

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This was ordered as a gift, and I Was more than proud to give it.

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Polina

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02/15/2022

"absolutely wonderful"

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We received Alejandro Chavezs mirror, and it is absolutely wonderful. Superb craftsmanship, bright colors, delicate style of brushwork, charming characters and composition. What a wonderful piece, looking at it brings me such joy. Mirror was carefully packed and came by mail very promptly.

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  • Wall decoration

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MARIELA

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01/13/2022

"Beautifil Nativity!"

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Beyond expectations. Beautifully crafted. Received on time for Christmas. Very well packed. Highly recommended

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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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