today, i am excited to post about my favorite peruvian couple: Elena and Florencio. Elena is an embroidery artist (check out her skirt in the photo to the right) with an excellent sense of humor. when i told her that if i wasn´t already married i might steal Florencio, she told me i could have him for $1 and when i hesitated, the price quickly dropped to pennies. :)
and then there is Florencio (with a dorky looking me and in a vest embroidered by Elena):
he is a sweet and gentle man with an amazingly calming effect on others. i could sit and talk to him for hours and hours. plus, he is the master guard carver of peru, and there is no doubt that the details on his gourds far surpassed most of the other gourds i´ve seen for sale in peru and ecuador.
the gourd above is a small sample i purchased, partially because of the backstrap weaver that can be seen in the photo to the left. florencio also makes beautiful colored gourds with animals and elena carves too, but she paints her carvings to resemble her colorful embroidery.
supposedly, the person sitting down and weaving (right side in the middle) is me. hee hee. one day, i hope to visit elena and florencio in their village. they promised to cook me a big traditional meal.