Peruvian Retablos and Textiles

Peruvian Retablos

Folk Art from Peru

 

Textile Crafts of Peru

These gorgeous hand woven and hand embroidered wool cushion covers are created in rural Ayacucho, Peru by a community of Wari artisans using skills passed down in a tradition that is more than 2700 years old. The motifs are inspired by the flora of the region and are similar to those on traditional woven and embroidered shawls called ”llicllac” that are worn daily and frequently used to carry children, crops, or wood. Created with hand spun and handwoven wool from sheep or alpaca, the cushion covers are then hand embroidered in beautiful, luscious patterns that will add a pop of color and richness to any décor.

Brilliant Flowers Pillow

16” x 16” Wool Cushion Cover $112. (without the pillow insert)

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Green Stripes and Mountain Poppies Pillow

18” x 18” Wool Cushion Cover $112. (without the pillow insert)

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Blue Stripes and Mountain Flowers Pillow

18” x 18” Wool Cushion Cover $112. (without pillow insert)

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The Social and Political Art of the Jimenez Family

Retablos are wooden boxes filled with brightly colored figures arranged into intricate narrative scenes of religious, historical and everyday events important to the indigenous people of the highlands of Peru.

For the Jimenez family, retablo art is a family tradition. The third and fourth generations of this family with origins in the Andean region of Ayacucho are now working as retablistas Their deft hands move quickly and with confidence to fashion people, animals and mythological figures as they create poignant scenes from a doughy mixture of boiled potato and gypsum powder. The most important tool is a small piece of wood resembling a large toothpick.

 

Undersea Wonderland Retablo
by Claudio Jimenez

This is one of our favorite retablos of all time. The diver in the purple wetsuit is exploring among an incredible array of sea life from swordfish to starfish, from corals to anemones, each species is beautifully rendered. A sure delight for any diver or nature lover!

9.75"T x 11.75"W (when closed) x 2 7/8"D.
$254.00

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Undersea Wonderland Retablo

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Large Cat Parlor Retablo
by Claudio Jimenez

Did you know that your cats party like this when you are not home? This gorgeous retablo is so finely composed that you can actually determine the breeds of the cats involved! We love the cute kitty curled up with his favorite book in the bottom corner and the beautifully rendered upholstery of the furniture.

9.5"T x 11.75"W (when closed) x 3"D.
$429.00

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Large Dog Parlor Retablo
by Claudio Jimenez

Of course, you do know that your pups cavort with their friends as soon as you leave the house, don’t you? We love the beautiful white dog wearing the traditional Peruvian knit hat in the top corner and the poodle reading the romance novel in the bottom corner. This one is sure delight the dog lovers among you!

9.5"T x 11.75"W (when closed) x 2 7/8"D.
$429.00

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Large Dog Parlor Retablo

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Dog Parlor Retablo

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Dog Parlor Retablo
by Claudio Jimenez

How delightful, a room full of doggie friends relaxing together. The details of each breed are beautifully rendered and so are the furnishings of the parlor, right down to the patterns on the upholstery. By Claudio Jimenez

7”T x 6.25”W x 2.25”D (when closed)
$218.00

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Cat Parlor Retablo

This charming retablo will delight any cat lover! Cats playing on the sofa, under the tables, on top of the tables, on the windowsills, in the cupboards - absolutely everywhere. White cats, yellow cats, black cats, tiger stripes too. Every kind of cat imaginable. Wonderful details. By Claudio Jimenez.

7"T x 6.25"W x 32.25"D (when closed)
$218.00

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Cat Parlor Retablo

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Casa de Corazones

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Casa de Corazones (House of Hearts)
by Claudio Jimenez

Artisans are busy creating delightful hearts for gift giving. Each heart is unique and is calligraphed with a special message. The detail work is exquisite! The outside of the retablo is painted in a delicate, lovely floral pattern.

7 5/8"T x 4.75"W (when closed) x 2.25"D
$218.00

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Bakery Retablo
by Claudio Jimenez

Beautifully detailed, this bakery is typical of the small village bakeries throughout the highlands of Peru.

4.25"T x 4"W (with doors closed) x 1.75"D
$110.00

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Pastry Shop Retablo
by Claudio Jimenez

This trio of pastry chefs are quite pleased with their scrumptious creations!

5.25"T x 3 1/8"W (with doors closed) x 1 9/16"D
$110.00

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Shoemaker Workshop Retablo
by Claudio Jimenez

Watch the shoemakers handcrafting boots and shoes for their customers!

7.25"T x 4 5/8"W (when closed) x 2.25"D
$218.00

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Pasticeria (Pastry Shop) Retablo Medium
by Claudio Jimenez

See all the pastry chefs hard at work on their gorgeous creations!

6.75"T x 6.25"W (when closed) x 2"D
$218.00

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Valentine Matchbook Retablo
by Claudio Jimenez

The details on this tiny retablo are simply amazing - you can actually read the sweet sentiments on each heart!
Created inside of a matchbox!

2.5/8"T x 1.5"W (when closed) 3/8"D    
$36.00

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Medium Undersea Wonderland

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Medium Undersea Wonderland

This version of the underwater wonderland has a lovely little mermaid playing peek- a- boo with the purple clad scuba diver among the treasures of the sea in a gracefully arched retablo.

7.25"T x 6 3/8"W (when closed) x 2 3/8"D 
$218.00

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Musical Instrument Workshop Retablo
by Claudio Jimenez

The artisans are all busy at work surrounded by the various instruments they are creating.

5.25"T x 3"W (when closed) x 1 5/8"D   
$110.00

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Mask Maker Retablo

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Mask Maker Retablo

Surrounded by their wonderful collection of Carnival masks, the artisans are busily at work while their puppies relax from under the table.

2.75"T x 2.75"W (when closed)
$32.00

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Music Shop Matchbox Retablo
by Claudio Jimenez

2.5"T x 1.5"W
$36.00

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Music Shop Matchbox Retablo


Fiesta Matchbox Retablo
by Claudio Jimenez

The party goers and musicians are all having a great time!

2"T x 2"W (when closed)
$36.00

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Guadalupe Matchbox Retablo

2.5"T x 1.5"W
$18.00

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Guadalupe Matchbox Retablo

 



 

Bakery Matchbox Retablo
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Bakery Matchbox Retablo
by Claudio Jimenez

The detail is just amazing in this miniature bakery scene! There are three bakers and their pet dog in this matchbox size retablo.

2"T x 2"W (when closed)
$36.00

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Fllower Shop Matchbox Retablo
by Claudio Jimenez

This tiny little flower shop is sure to delight with its baskets of colorful flowers!

2"T x 2"W (when closed)
$36.00

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Fruit & Veggie Seller Matchbox Retablo
Claudio Jimenez

This tiny little fruit shop is sure to delight with its baskets of tiny veggies & fruits!

2"T x 2"W (when closed).
$36.00

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