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Alabaster & Huayruro Seed Earrings

Item # 31233
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The elegant simplicity of brilliant, white alabaster fashioned into representations of botanical delight! Thin, white alabaster is cut into detailed Leaf or Flower design, and strung beneath a striking red and black huayruro seed for colorful contrast.

Grown for its ornamental value, the huayruro seed is used extensively in Andean tribal ornaments and jewelry. Although poisonous if eaten, huayruro seeds are safe worn as decoration, and are treasured for their naturally-occurring red and black coloring.

Earrings measure approximately 1.25" L (3.2 cm). Handmade in and fair-trade imported from Peru.

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Artisan: Timotea Quispe de Bautista

Artisan Timotea Quispe de Bautista

Timotea Quispe de Bautista is a native of Ayacucho, Peru, an ancient Andean city nestled 8,000 feet above the sea. Today, she carves a brighter future for herself after many years of grief and hardship.

After her home was destroyed by the Peruvian Communist party, also known as the Shining Path, Timotea and her husband Juan left their home and fled to the protection of the Andean mountains. Living in a cave by night, and working their farm by day, they hid from the waves of violence being conducted by the Shining Path throughout Peru. When a storm flooded the cave, Timotea and her family were forced to move back into their home and away from the safety of the cave. Eventually, Timotea's home was raided and all of Juan's siblings were murdered. After losing loved ones and their livelihood, Timotea and Juan had no choice but to move to the nearest city. But with no capital to purchase cattle or land, and no formal education, they lived in a state of extreme poverty for nearly a decade.

Eventually, Timotea and Juan began to teach themselves how to carve figurines out of alabaster. Today, the sales of her products and some generous gifts have provided Timotea and her family with a stable life. A true inspiration, Timotea continues her beautiful alabaster work with a smile on her face, and her grandchild at her feet.

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