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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