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Ekeko of Abundance in Red Red Painted Ekeko Sculpture with Wool Cap from Peru

Ekeko of Abundance in Red Red Painted Ekeko Sculpture with Wool Cap from Peru

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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.

With a variety of luxurious items, such as a house, a sports car, and a sack of money tied around his neck, Ekeko, the Tiwanakan god of abundance, is depicted here in this charming ceramic figurine. Maribel Posso Olivares paints the sculpture by hand with floral motifs against a red body, outfitting the sculpture with a multicolored wool chullo hat that reads 'Peru.'

  • materials: Ceramic, wool
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
6 in. H x 4.3 in. W x 2.8 in. D

Artisan Information

Maribel Posso

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I'm Maribel Posso Olivares. I majored in journalism and worked at an airport checking passengers' documentation, but I wasn't passionate about my job despite meeting interesting people from all over the world. I've always been interested in Peruvian art, especially in ceramics.

As a child, I would travel along the mountain range during the summer. I'd visit different towns in the Castrovireyna Province, which is filled with picturesque blue skies, green fields with the scent of damp earth and the bright colors of women's dresses. I said to myself, 'Bingo! The bright colors are what were missing from Peruvian arts and crafts.'

"Although I'm not a painter, I've always been attracted by colors. I'm a self-taught ceramist and consider myself a creative person who can make up her own designs in a free-spirited way not taught in schools.

"I believe in positive energy and good vibes. I'm a huge optimist. I got together with my dear friend Magari Quiroz, 'Maga,' a reporter and classmate from journalism school. She suggested bringing back the alasitas motifs, which are the wishes that the ekeko dolls bring. These wishes can be anything and range from travel to buying a home. 'Alasitas' is an Aymara word that means 'buy me.'

"Maga proposed I should create my own version of these traditional images. In 2011, we began creating colorful little houses and wagons that shoppers liked. We also included the message 'Discover your dream' and a history about alasitas, which are gifted as wishes.

"It was difficult to find a ceramist. We contacted sculptors and sculpture professors from the Escuela de Bellas Artes to bring our ekekos and Pucara bulls to life.

"Today, we have around 12 people in our workshop.

"I hope to reach more people and show them they can achieve their dreams. I want more people to gift dreams with my designs. They are full of love and color are the result of teamwork and passion. This craft fills me with happiness and comforts my heart."

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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.

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