Decorative Pottery

With the 1980 advent of "Sendero Luminoso" (Shining Path, a brutal Maoist guerrilla insurgent organization), those of the Ayacucho/Quinua artisans who were able fled to Lima, the capital city of Peru. Here, they established "Tallers" (factories) where they continued to manufacture their unique style of pottery. Displaying their pieces in the many local fairs throughout Lima, they caught the attention of both United States and European importers. Their susequent commercial success led to the introduction of "Decorative Pottery" (pottery intended as art as opposed to the traditional functional "Rustic" designs).

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Although the Peruvian Andes Mountains are some of the most rugged in the world, many small villages can be found in their high valleys and plateaus. The men of these villages farm the level areas and raise what livestock they can on the slopes of the mountains,while the women, in their spare time, make hand crafted items. These handicrafts are dictated by the natural resources available: In the Quinua area, sand from the desert mixed with clay found in the mountains, produce both utilitarian and decorative pottery. Once, possibly twice a year, they come down from the mountains with their goods packed on the backs of their Llamas to sell at the various markets or alongside of the road. It is through the sale of these handicrafts that they to buy the modern goods which they need.