Peru Gift Show 2011

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April 30, 2011

Greetings from Peru! I'm in Lima reporting from the showroom floors of the National Gift Show and Peru Moda, a fashion tradeshow, taking place April 27th to 30th. An estimated 5,000 people come to the Gift Show, now in its 13th year, to spy the handcrafted wares from the Andean highlands to the coastal cities and everywhere in between. The designs at the Gift Show were 100% Peruvian made down to the cotton fibers in the textiles, the alpaca wool woven into rugs, the woods carved into ornaments and trinkets, and the natural dyes that saturate everything with bright hues. In this slideshow, have a look at some of the objects that caught my eye. Most were traditional handicrafts—quite wonderful and a real treat to see—though my favorites were the contemprary upcycled designs of Nuna Lab and Geldres Design.

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  Miniature ornaments such as these were on display throughout the show. Though small in size (no larger than your thumb), these trinkets were among my favorites at the fair.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    Miniature ornaments such as these were on display throughout the show. Though small in size (no larger than your thumb), these trinkets were among my favorites at the fair.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  Most of the 5,000 people attending the fair were buyers representing countries and companies from all around the world.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    Most of the 5,000 people attending the fair were buyers representing countries and companies from all around the world.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  Nuna Lab had some mighty fine knits, all made from reclaimed and upcycled materials.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    Nuna Lab had some mighty fine knits, all made from reclaimed and upcycled materials.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  Scarves by Nuna Lab are made from materials leftover from Peru's clothing industry  Photo by: Diana Budds
    Scarves by Nuna Lab are made from materials leftover from Peru's clothing industry

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  These upcycled pillows by Nuna Lab feature remnants of t-shirt material sewn together to form a cushiony, confetti-like surface.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    These upcycled pillows by Nuna Lab feature remnants of t-shirt material sewn together to form a cushiony, confetti-like surface.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  These handmade ceramics derive their color from natural red and white clays mixed together on a potter's wheel and are fabricated by the TAWAQ association of artisans.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    These handmade ceramics derive their color from natural red and white clays mixed together on a potter's wheel and are fabricated by the TAWAQ association of artisans.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  These hedgehog-like toys by Geldres Design are made of reclaimed rubber from tires.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    These hedgehog-like toys by Geldres Design are made of reclaimed rubber from tires.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  Also from Geldres Design: a series of robots carved from cardboard sandwiched together.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    Also from Geldres Design: a series of robots carved from cardboard sandwiched together.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  These ornaments are hand-painted with an intricate pattern. I could not believe the painstaking attention to detail present in these objects.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    These ornaments are hand-painted with an intricate pattern. I could not believe the painstaking attention to detail present in these objects.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  A playful toy dog by Muebles Casas.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    A playful toy dog by Muebles Casas.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  Textiles are a huge part of Peruvian design, especially cotton. Here, the three stages of the material: a cotton bale, long combed strands of raw material, and woven threads. The cotton here was one of the softest materials I've touched, rivalling even cashmere.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    Textiles are a huge part of Peruvian design, especially cotton. Here, the three stages of the material: a cotton bale, long combed strands of raw material, and woven threads. The cotton here was one of the softest materials I've touched, rivalling even cashmere.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  Combed cotton fibers are draped over a chair. Very Campana Brothers-esque.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    Combed cotton fibers are draped over a chair. Very Campana Brothers-esque.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  Colorful pompoms in all the vibrant colors found throughout the fair.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    Colorful pompoms in all the vibrant colors found throughout the fair.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  A trove of yet more vibrantly colored rugs, pillows, and blankets.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    A trove of yet more vibrantly colored rugs, pillows, and blankets.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  This boldly colored and patterned rug stood out from the more traditional color combinations in the show.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    This boldly colored and patterned rug stood out from the more traditional color combinations in the show.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  A felt bauble necklace, chunky wooden rings, and scintillating silver earrings by Mariana Sanz.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    A felt bauble necklace, chunky wooden rings, and scintillating silver earrings by Mariana Sanz.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  A felt necklace by designer Vacide Erda Zimic.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    A felt necklace by designer Vacide Erda Zimic.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  No, this isn't a supercomputer—it's a row of embroidery machines.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    No, this isn't a supercomputer—it's a row of embroidery machines.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  At the fair, a man was busily knitting away on this contraption.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    At the fair, a man was busily knitting away on this contraption.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  And another knitting device! The woman on the left turns a crank as the woman on the right feeds in yarn. The tool has a series of plastic "teeth" that somehow work in symphony to create a knitted object. A knitter I am not, but this made me consider taking up the hobby.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    And another knitting device! The woman on the left turns a crank as the woman on the right feeds in yarn. The tool has a series of plastic "teeth" that somehow work in symphony to create a knitted object. A knitter I am not, but this made me consider taking up the hobby.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  Here's what's inside a traditional retablos ayacuchanos, folk art objects that depict scenes of everyday life.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    Here's what's inside a traditional retablos ayacuchanos, folk art objects that depict scenes of everyday life.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  On view was a Peruvian showhome that combined traditional with contemporary. The designer, Alejandro Rincon Diaz, says he aimed to combine a mixture of rough and finished textures in the pieces he selected for the space.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    On view was a Peruvian showhome that combined traditional with contemporary. The designer, Alejandro Rincon Diaz, says he aimed to combine a mixture of rough and finished textures in the pieces he selected for the space.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  This anemone-like lamp in the show home features movable tendrils.  Photo by: Diana Budds
    This anemone-like lamp in the show home features movable tendrils.

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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  A playful take on spools of wool (they're stools) in the section I've dubbed "the homage to the alpaca." Stay tuned for more coverage from Peru!Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our  FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!   Photo by: Diana Budds
    A playful take on spools of wool (they're stools) in the section I've dubbed "the homage to the alpaca." Stay tuned for more coverage from Peru!

    Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!

    Photo by: Diana Budds

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