Peru's Top cities for handcrafting

Top regions in Peru for crafting

In a previous article, we elaborated on the long-lasting character of Peru’s gold and silver crafting tradition and how it has been communicated from older generations until our days without losing its attention to details and high quality.

It is worth mentioning that the value of these fine features of Peru’s crafting art are not only appreciated within its borders. Different jewelry pieces, textiles, ceramic vases, and other ornaments have travelled thousand miles on exhibition in top renowned museums in the world, from New York to Berlin to Tokyo, etc. For instance, the famous pieces from the “Lord of Sipan” have spent many years touring in the best museums in Germany and the United States.

According to historians and researchers, the most sensational and impressive findings of pre-Columbian gold and silver crafts were made by German citizen E. Brüning around Batan Grande and Illimo in the Lambayeque region. These show a refined and high-end metallurgical art. Nonetheless, there are other regions in Peru where crafting of precious metal has reached high standards as well, and we are going to talk about them in this post.

Piura

It is in the village of Catacaos (979 km north of Lima) where we find an incredible example of the long-lasting tradition we have talked about before. What is incredibly special about the jewelry art in this area is how artisans get fine threads from gold and silver and use a technique called double-thread filigree to manufacture exquisite necklaces, bracelets, rings, pings, among other accessories.

La Libertad

Trujillo is the capital of the region and it is in its surroundings, specifically in the beach town of Huanchaco (494 km north of Lima) where crafters have mastered silver filigree. In some instances, they combine silver with other materials like leather or native textiles. The result is often used as horse saddle for local horses riding (Peru’s Paso horse).

Pasco

Pasco (174 km north-east of Lima) is the mining capital of Peru. An area rich in different minerals including precious metals. As such, this region has developed a peculiar line of crafting: copper filigree, for which artisans master works using copper layers to manufacture frames with motives on the daily life around mining centers. Moreover, these artists also work frames, keyrings, and other accessories from silver, glass fiber, and ceramic as part of their traditional crafts.

Junin

In San Jeronimo de Tunan (215 km east of Lima), visitors are amazed by the fine silver filigree crafts from local artists. This village is also an excellent representation of mastery of gold and silver crafting, from where we can highlight their technique using two threads, completely handmade.

Had you ever heard of any of these cities? Perhaps you have ever been there? Did you get a fine handcrafted memory?

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