This retablo depicting the Nativity was created in a hallowed out gourd. Surrounding the Holy Family are the three Magi, an ox and donkey.
This Roly-poly nativity was handcrafted from dried etched gourds by artisans of Manos Amigas in Lima, Peru. They peel ripe gourds, and dry them in the sun. Then they carve the design on the gourd and burn accents into the gourds. Finally, the gourd is painted.
This whimsical nativity was painted on a gourd by Julie Bolanz. Julie is an artist who primarily works with gourds. In her own words: “I have been working primarily with gourds for the last 25 years and never remember a day that I wasn’t dreaming of creating something or sketching.” Her favorite topic is Christmas.