The Lucuma Blog

  1. Why Scary Masks?

    boruca diablito mask

    For Borucans, these masks symbolize protective nature spirits. Masks have a special place in their hearts because they saved the very existence of their ancestors and culture.

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  2. Loly, Maria De Los Santos, Borucan artist

    rainforest mask artist

    Loly dries and boils the jicara fruit for hours to cure and clean it. Then she envisions her animal, carving the legs, head and tail in balsa wood. Her grandson works alongside her, adding the color.

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  3. Ismael González Rojas, Borucan artist

    Ismael Boruca mask carver

    Ismael started carving at a young age and is one of the few artists in Boruca still working with cedar wood.

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  4. Meet new ceramic artist Bernardino

    Ceramic Artist Bernardino

    Bernardino Arce comes from a family of ceramic artists. He runs his own workshop where he creates our new water birds. He enjoys creating colorful marble patterns on them using engobe and natural pigments, a technique inspired by Japanese water marbling.

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  5. Healing our World Through the Beauty of Fair Trade

    fair trade gourd artists

    Fair Trade gifts have a magical power to open our hearts by creating meaningful connections between us conscious consumers and crafters far away. They help us get in touch with our own humanity by reminding us we are one big world family. All of us have the ability to open our hearts and wish for others, what we wish for ourselves.

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  6. Store Sign For Organic Cotton Finger Puppets

    Media player blog

    Organic cotton is growing in popularity and here is why!

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  7. Puno Travel Log: Meeting Nifty Knitters

    organic cotton finger puppets

    Follow along with Don and Alessandra's trip to visit with our talented knitters in Puno, Peru! Read on for updates about our knitters and knitted collections.

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  8. Raquel Sanabria García: Growing with Gourd Art and Fair Trade

    Ester arpillera quilter

    Raquel Sanabria García grew up admiring her parents’ ability to create beautiful gourd art. So, as she grew, so did her love and talent in creating gourd art.

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  9. Ester de la Cruz: An Arpillera Quilter Empowered by Fair Trade

    Ester arpillera quilter

    In 2004, Ester joined a small collective of around 20 arpillera artists and started working with Lucuma Designs. As part of this tight group, she values the connections she has made thanks to her art.

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  10. Just Creations: Fair Trade, Quality Service, and Education

    Joan from Just Creations

    Lucuma Designs had the chance to catch up with Joan Frisz, store buyer at Just Creations, located in Louisville, KY. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to interview Joan to get the inside scoop about her mission, her take on the fair trade family, and her predictions for the future of fair trade.

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