Mohena Wood Modern Carved Handmade Mirror, "Bronze Sun"
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Carved by hand, mohena wood is transformed into a wall mirror with a sun motif. Mohena is a fine Peruvian hardwood, similar to mahogany. Covered in gleaming bronze leaf, this modern design comes from Marcos Luzalde.
As the father of eight, Marcos knows how difficult it can be to work and care for a family. At his workshop, he employs others from his community. Most are young single mothers. He ensures that they have flexible schedules that enable them to care for their children.
"When I was thirteen, a neighbor taught me the art of gold leaf... to make golden mirrors. I fell in love with this art and it has stayed with me all my life. Eventually I set up my own workshop and I have been able to teach this art to younger workers. I am proud of this - gold leaf has been an important Peruvian art since colonial times and once there were many workshops. Now my workshop is one of the few that produce gold leaf mirrors. To pass this art to the next generation is one of the gifts I have been given."
Marcos Luzalde has received 8 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $1500 and the most recent for $1300. Proceeds were used to buy supplies and tools for his workshop.
Marcos has eight children, and his youngest daughter is still attending school. He hopes that the education he provides will give her a brilliant future and that she will realize all her dreams.
Novica sales support Marcos' family and the families of his workers. They provide a steady income, enabling him to maintain his workshop and provide jobs for others in his community.
Marcos has faced many difficulties. But he finds strength in knowing that his hard work will help to give his daughter a brilliant future.
Through the years, Marcos has grown his workshop. He is now able to provide work for other artisans in his community.
"Good quality, Beautiful Design "
Good quality carving and finishing from sanding to leaf and laquer application. In the photo it appears that there is no additional color application but on my mirror the curves or dips along the wavy sun rays have a semi transparent brown glaze creating a more defined "shadow" or contrasting depth. The sides are also darker. The effect is well done and makes it more striking from far away, but the photo should be updated on the web site for accuracy. It seems well made and hopefully if treated gently will stand the test of time. It was packaged with care and a good amount of cushioning directly from Peru which I like that it was not in a warehouse and unnecessarily shipped multiple times. The included card from the Andes is a nice touch. This mirror is a good deal and good quality. Support artists not factories! Will go in my massage spa studio. Enjoying it at home first my toddler likes it too!
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