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Pedro Veli Alfaro
Introduction
  Pedro Veli lives in the Andean town of Cochas Chico. Address: Av. Huancayo 375 Cochas Chico
Meet Pedro
 

Cochas is a small farming community located in the Andean mountains of central Peru and is home to the gourd carving tradition. It is also home to the Veli family. For more than four generations, the Veli family has practiced the art of gourd carving.

In fact, much development of the craft – the introduction of pictorial storytelling, tapas (wall hangings), dying the gourds to create various colors, childrens' toys – can be traced through the Veli family. Starting in the late 1800s, artisans from Ayacucho began using the small town of Cochas as a layover en route to Lima. They taught local carving techniques that eventually were used on the “mate” gourds, harvested nearby. With time, the work became finer, more beautiful and more fundamental to local culture.

Pedro Veli, with the help of his children, wishes to carry forward these traditions. He is inspired by “the folktales of my father.” His gourds communicate the history of his family and the culture of the region. They tell of the vividness and beauty of life in the Peruvian highlands.

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Carved Wall Decoration
Carved Wall Decoration
by Pedro Veli
$52.00

Gourd. Cloud Forest
Gourd. Cloud Forest
by Pedro Veli
$40.00

Gourd. Napkin  and Sugar Bowl
Gourd. Napkin and Sugar Bowl
by Pedro Veli
$52.00


Gourd. Peruvian Highland
Gourd. Peruvian Highland
by Pedro Veli
$65.00

Gourd. Town Of Cochas
Gourd. Town Of Cochas
by Pedro Veli
$35.00

Gourd. Traditional Weddings
Gourd. Traditional Weddings
by Pedro Veli
$52.00


Gourd. View of Andes
Gourd. View of Andes
by Pedro Veli
$45.00

Gourds Childrens Toys
Gourds Childrens Toys
by Pedro Veli
$45.00



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