Leather Leaves: A Unique Gift with Meaning | Pottery Barn


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Gifts with Meaning Leather Leaves Columbian Artisans for Peace
The leather leaves are handmade in Colombia
inspired by Colombia's biodiversity Colombia has ten percent of the world's biodiversity
The idea with the leather leaves was to bring a piece of nature into our homes
SurEvolution's idea is to work with artisans all over the world
And bring them together so that they can have a meaningful and sustainable life
around traditional crafts
We're using leather. Leather is a byproduct of the cattle industry that it's very important
in Colombia's center plains
And it is a second byproduct of the shoe industry and leather industry so we
are using actually the leftovers from other industries and recycling them and
using
very clean hand made processes that are inspired by traditional goucho culture.
we have many good master artisans in Colombia
of many different crafts, one of them leather and we decided to train different groups
of ex-cobatives from different parts of Colombia's conflict
to learn the different stages of the process
through Handicraft work you construct yourself.
It's about meeting yourself
You have to be concentrated, looking for perfection, for a goal.
In a very fast world this demands a lot of patience. And this way you revise yourself.
Leather is very inspiring. It reflects one's feelings.
we have are working around the shape of salvia. Salvia is a shamanic leaf used in a lot
of Indian ceremonies in the amazon jungle
The whole process is hand-made and it consists of actually melting the hands into the leather
with water, and one of the characteristics of tala, of the type of leather that we're
using, or raw leather,
is that it can be molded and with the humidity you can adapt it and you can create different shapes.
And you can create bowls and longer leaves and many different things.
The idea is that
through the work of artisans, through hand made work, which is actually
a work that's connected to the human being and to
it's like a meditation, we can provide alternatives not only
for just training people but for commercial alternatives for a peaceful and sustainable life.
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