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Applique Christmas stockings, 'Nativity' (pair)

Item # 47560
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Stars fill the night sky on the very first Christmas. Balvina Huaytalla depicts the nativity in a Peruvian setting and also in Bethlehem on a pair of heirloom stockings. Each tiny figure is crafted in three dimensions and embroidered, in the traditional Andean art of arpillería (patchwork). Made in Peru.

  • Dry clean only
  • 11.0" W x 13.6" H
  • Weight: 0.2 lb
  • 80% cotton, 20% acrylic, sequins
  • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

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Artisan: Balvina Huaytalla

Artisan Balvina Huaytalla

"This is a medium of expression for me to show the world how beautiful nature is, especially in the Peruvian Andes. I know it so well -- my roots are there, and my work depicts our traditions, customs and landscapes.

"I lived in the sierra until I was four. During the time of terrorism, we had to escape. We left our animals, farms and houses.

"I learned my art at an NGO workshop in Pamplona Alta. I wasn't able to study past fifth semester of middle school, so I thank God for this workshop. They made beautiful things in arpillería, a traditional Andean appliqué art.

"The first time I made an oven mitt, it was enormous -- large enough for Manolo, the tallest man in Peru who measures seven feet nine inches. A friend told me I should make the gloves small enough to fit her, and so I learned each part of this art. I want to show a style of my own.

"I want to share Peru's beauty so that it is never forgotten. For me, this art is a way of sharing what I left in Ayacucho, the lovely land where I was born, where I ran and played in the fresh air. I wish so much we could have stayed.

"My greatest challenge has been to make a good life for my son, the struggle to raise him by myself."

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