Honoring craft traditions with creativity and innovation
Artists & Traditions
From the awe-inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu, the splendor of the jewels of Sipan, to the enigmatic Nazca lines, contemporary Peruvian artists have an immensely rich cultural heritage from which to draw inspiration. For thousands of years Peruvians have been perfecting the art of weaving, carving, knitting, pottery, and jewelry making, and their contemporary crafts reflect their talents. Lucuma Designs is proud to help preserve craft techniques that have stood the test of time, and that have been passed down from generation to generation.
"Since I was little, I had a passion for exploring the colorful and vibrant craft markets of Peru where there was always something new to discover. For over 20 years now, I have been honored to work side by side with top Peruvian artists co-creating handmade collections that honor their traditions. It feels good to give something back to my country and share its beauty with the world."
Alessandra Bravo, Co-Founder.
Peruvians have been carving gourds to record myths, stories and family celebrations for thousands of years, and in the small town of Cochas, this art has been passed down through generations. Gourd artists today keep impressing the world with their creativity and refined craftsmanship.
In the Andes of Peru, by Lake Titicaca, knitting warm clothing is an ancient tradition. Mothers would also often knit toys for their children. Knitters may work from home or in their fields while they care for their young and tend their family farms.
Since time immemorial, Peruvians have dug the earth to obtain materials such as clay to transform it into refined pieces that have made life at home a more comfortable and welcoming experience.
The Peruvian Andean city of Ayacucho is known for its tradition of Alabaster stone sculpture. Meet one of its most representative artists of the carving in this mineral and his beautiful work.
Boruca masks are created from the times of the Spanish conquest to defend their culture from foreign invaders. Today, centuries later, this tradition lives on. Meet the artists who keep this traditiona live.