Folk Art Cross Ornament

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Folk Art Cross Ornament

The hand‒painted Folk Art Cross Ornament celebrates peace. Using sustainable pine grown in local groves, Salvadoran makers working with La Semilla de Dios practice a folk art style originating in their village of La Palma. Artist and architect Fernando Llort moved to La Palma to escape civil war. He then combined his artistic style with local resources, and began a co-op to teach the residents to paint. The group continues to spread peace through art.

Pine wood, gold‒colored cord
2W x 3.25H (not including hanging cord) inches
Handcrafted in El Salvador

About Artisan Coop. La Semilla de Dios

The cooperative La Semilla de Dios, meaning "The Seed of God," is located in the town of La Palma in the department of Chalatenango, El Salvador. La Semilla de Dios consists of artisans of limited economic resources who make a variety of wooden items painted in the famous La Palma folk art style. Men do the carpentry, and women the hand-painting and finishing. The cooperative owns a piece of land in the mountains outside town, where they plant and sustainably harvest trees to supply about 40 percent of their wood needs. The traditional cooperative structure of La Semilla de Dios puts power and profits in the hands of the group’s employees. Cooperative income provides better nutrition and educational opportunities for artisans’ children. La Semilla de Dios also runs a savings plan from which members can borrow and has instituted a retirement fund. 

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