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The Flowering Season Dried Mate Gourd Holiday Shaped Ornament Bloomsbury Market

For the design of this three-ornament set, Huancayan artisan has carved ascending flowering vines against a red background on each dried 'mate' gourd. 'Mate' forms part of the same creeping vine family as pumpkins and melons. The Andean community of Huancayo has a strong 'mate burilado', or 'engraved gourd' legacy, wherein the mate fruit is dried and then engraved with unique designs using a 'buril', or 'burin'. Bloomsbury Market