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Carnival Olmeca Animal Themed Ceramic Mask

Carnival Olmeca Animal Themed Ceramic Mask

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SKU: SKU: SK-NVC-188126

Product Features
Working with Fair Trade certified organizations is an important part of what we do. This product is made by artisans that are fairly compensated for their skilled work, and helps provide a living wage as well as safe work conditions.

This colorful mask celebrates Mexico's unique flora and fauna. Similar to the legendary Olmeca head.  Eufrosia Pantaleon paints elegant peacocks on the cheeks and head while flowers blossom on the nose and temples of this ceramic wall mask.

  • Ceramic
  • Handmade in & fairly traded from Mexico

Due to the handmade nature of this product color, size and/or motif may vary. 

Artisan Information

Eufrosia Pantaleon

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I was born and raised in a small village in the state of Guerrero, and I learned at a very young age how to paint on ceramic. My father taught me, and I can still remember the very first piece I painted – it was a lizard. Unfortunately we didn't keep it as my parents had to sell it. That was in the 1990s and I've never stopped since.

Due to our family's financial situation, I was only able to go to primary school. Painting and decorating ceramic not only represents a way to make a living, but to me it's an art form that allows me to express my feelings and capture the beauty of nature.

I've shared all my life with my wonderful family, but I've taken over the reins since father passed away a few years ago.

We belong to a Nahua community where there's a lot of poverty. I've had to go beyond our village seeking to place my crafts so I can provide for the family. It makes me very happy to be able to show people what I can do!

Everything you see I painted by hand, and I'd like you to know that everything I make carries a piece of my heart.

I've been working with you since 2012. Before that, I took in laundry to wash and did odd jobs in the countryside. I always thought of my ceramics as a complement for my basic needs and those of my children.

A man named Eduardo Escamilla told me about you. He said you have created a beautiful project that could help me support my children and I took the opportunity.

At first, I found it hard to adapt to the quality standards you need — perfection in colors and I had to try to make sure that each design was always as nearly the same as possible. This took time but we achieved it when my brother began helping me with the painting.

Today, I've been able to give my children an education, pay our rent and even take us on vacation.

One of the things I've noticed from working with you is the attention to each detail of each piece and to each artisan. I love knowing I've got a project that works.

I feel grateful to work hand-in-hand with you all.

Supplier Information

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NOVICA was started with a dream to create a better world for artisans, because a better world for artisans is a better world for all.

Along the way, the founders of NOVICA discovered something very important - as artisans around the world succeeded, there was also a visible and profound impact on the communities around them.

Your purchases are that powerful. They directly and indirectly provide for education, help with health care, fund basic needs, support children, preserve disappearing arts, and of course, spread happiness around the world.

The founders of NOVICA had a vision of the future that is not one of mega factories producing cookie cutter products for all to cheaply consume. Instead, a bright future that celebrates artisans who take the time to create an item by hand. A future where time is protected, where stories are told, where unique details are honored. Love, respect, inclusiveness become driving force.

Shipping

United States shipping only. Expedited shipping is unavailable. Allow for 1-2 days extra processing time. This product may ship separately from other products in your order and may have longer than normal shipping timelines as it will ship directly from its country of origin.

Returns

All sales of this product are final -- we do not accept returns or issue replacements unless there is a defect with the product. Please review our Returns & Exchanges policy.

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