Colonial Wood Leather Jewelry Box, "Andean Elegance"
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Crafted by hand, this jewelry box by Julio Sanchez is a superb example of a traditional Peruvian art. Richly tooled leather flows across cedar and mohena, a fine Andean hardwood, to recall classic colonial art. It opens to reveal a mirror in the lid and a lift-out tray with three compartments. The chest has ornate bronze handles on each side.
The patience that leather work demands has helped Julio to maintain his workshop. He is constantly training other artisans and encouraging them to move on by opening their own workshops. He provides steady employment to numerous artisans in his community.
Treasured since colonial times, Peruvian leather work is a difficult and demanding art form. Characterized by high relief, it is a style requiring precision and years of practice. At age 12, under the tutelage of his uncle, a master craftsman, Julio began to study the art by learning to apply the final finish to his uncle's pieces. Seeing his love of the craft and his dedication, his uncle began to teach him leather tooling at age 16. To this day. Julio has never tired of his art. He continues to practice and perfect the art of Peruvian leather work, often training many of the artisans, past and present, employed by his workshop.
Julio's Novica sales account for most of his income. These sales enable him to care for his family and provide the steady income he needs to maintain his workshop and employ other artisans.
Julio is deeply committed to the belief that children should have a better life than their parents. Even though his children are grown, he continues to pay for their university studies.