Using Vintage Peruvian Textiles for Jewelry

I’ve just received some lovely bracelets, handmade in Peru, and they are made from old, faded textiles. They really provide a little spring lift to the winter that will never end–it literally is snowing right now, as I look out my Minneapolis window. Yes, it’s April 12 and there is a home Twins baseball game tonight–expected temp is 34 degrees.

I wouldn’t really call these bracelets folk art, but they are handmade, they do use local materials and they are based on a weaving skill that was handed down from generation to generation. I hope you enjoy them too! Definitely a little color on another snowy day.

Click on the photo or right here to purchase!

Handmade Peruvian Bracelets


Facebook/Blog Reader Special on Two Peruvian Pillows Through Sunday, November 20

These beautiful rectangular pillows are hand-woven in black wool, then appliqued with gorgeous colorful wool flowers and leaves by talented women artisans in Peru. They measure 25″ wide by about 13″ tall. One pillow features an orange flower and the other has two pink flowers meeting in the middle. The edges are trimmed in colorful wool.  They add a little dab of color to a neutral sofa or chair…

Regularly $162, Marked down today  (Friday, November 18) through Sunday to $150 each. AND free delivery in the Twin Cities! What’s not to like?

You can purchase one or both of them right here!

Whoops. Forgot to mention that only the Facebook and blog-reader fans know about this!

Rustic or Sophisticated?

Day of the dead art, day of the dead skulls, dia de los muertos art


Day of the dead art, day of the dead skulls, dia de los muertos art


Here’s a little example of both ends of the continuum of folk art. The top photo of those great bouncing neck, paper mache calacas with tufts of hair, gold teeth and quirky little hats is quintessential Mexican folk art and it’s super primitive looking. Contrast them to the woman riding a bike. She’s made out of potato paste mixture and is so amazingly detailed. Think of the time that the Quispe family put into that piece, creating the idea, handmolding it first out of the paste, then drying, then painting, then varnishing. Full disclosure: she’s not from Mexico, but Peru. Both pieces were created for the most important holiday in Mexico (or Peru) Day of the Dead and could be used to decorate either the ofrenda (altar/offering) or one’s house to celebrate the return of the dead for two days in early November. Both pieces are available on our website, click on the pictures and you’ll be carried right there.

Which do you prefer, rustic or sophisticated?