Butterflies Gourd, Large, Mexican, Handmade/Painted Folk Art New
- Whimsical Hand Painted Lacquered Gourd.
- Tall- 11 3/4" (including the handle)
- Tall- 8 1/4" (gourd only)
- Wide- 9 3/4"
- This gorgeous gourd has been hand painted bright red, with beautiful silver butterflies and fish.
- The artisan Jorge Garcia, has been working with his family for many years and has won awards for his delicate and detailed works of art.
- This amazing gourd took 3 months to make, due to the process of making each gourd.
- Mexican lacquer ware is the name given to gourds and wooden objects that have been coated for decoration purposes
- The lacquer ware process begins by smearing the object with vegetable or insect oil.
- Next, it is covered with several coats of powdered soil rich in dolostone. (also known as “dolostone” (It is a sedimentary rock composed primarily of the mineral dolomite). They are then left to dry and polished before decorated.
- This technique was called laca (lacquer) or maque by the Spaniards because of its similarity with Chinese lacquer ware.
- In Michoacan, the wooden objects or gourds are smeared with the axe insect oil. It is made by boiling insect oil, grinding, filtering and finally drying the insect to extract its fat.