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Prayer of Love Pinewood Wall Crosses from El Salvador (Set of 3)

Prayer of Love Pinewood Wall Crosses from El Salvador (Set of 3)

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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.

Handcrafted from pinewood, this set of three wall crosses from El Salvador is designed by Maria Estela Perlera de Portillo. She paints each brown cross by hand with the image of an angel that prays beneath the light of the sun.

  • materials: Pinewood
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
Each: 3.5 in. H x 2.8 in. W x 0.4 in. D

Artisan Information

Maria Estela Perlera de Portillo

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I was born in 1965 in the Department of Chalatenango in El Salvador. I spent my childhood with my mother and six brothers and sisters in a beautiful natural setting. We had such good times playing together and enjoying nature. We grew up very happy and, because there were so many of us, I always had someone to play with.

When I married, my husband and I joined a new artistic movement promoted by artist Fernando Llort with the style that is now known around the world. He taught the people of La Palma techniques of symmetrical drawing, inspired by the jungle and life in the country. My husband learned to paint and create other kinds of handicrafts. I was always at his side and learned the techniques little by little.

"As time went by, we began to work on our own, and set up a workshop. That's where we began the process of perfecting our art and giving it a personal touch. I remember our first pieces were designs on copal tree seeds. This is a beautiful seed with the appropriate texture to paint on to create different kinds of works of art.

"Sadly, in 1999, my husband died. It was very difficult for the whole family, and I had to make a decision to continue with our artisan workshop. It wasn't easy. My husband looked after our clients, attended meetings and created most of our designs. I was left with the responsibility of taking the reins and confronting the situation alone. At first, it was very hard because I wasn't accustomed to this but, thank God, I learned fast. Today I feel very happy to be able to get ahead with my family through our handicrafts. And I'm also proud to be able to give jobs to people from our town.

"With more than 25 years in this field, we continue innovating and crafting new designs. My dream is to work a lot to make our workshop grow, increase sales and be able to give jobs to more people, because I know what a blessing it is to have work. I also dream that our art might be known around the world, to exalt the creativity of my town and country.

"Our designs have their roots in the history of El Salvador, the history of the civil war and the dialogues for peace after such a devastating time. Each year, we celebrate this with an artisan festival in honor of peace.

"I invite you to see our work, each piece crafted with much love and dedication. This makes our designs uniquely original and beautifully made, with the style of a town that has been able to get ahead through art with a style all our own."

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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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