Peru: Artisans from Catacaos win at 14th National Silver Contest

Isabel Guerra

A flower chain and a hat made with 400 silver threads were the winning works at the 14th National Silver Contest.

Designers Leonidas Flores and Nemesio Ipanaque dedicated their awards to their families and the place where they were born: Catacaos, in Piura region (Peru’s northern coast).

The jury understood the messages conveyed in Flores’ work.

"These are flowers with whitered colours, which represents the destruction of the environment," said the artisan.

This piece demanded him a whole week of work, and his market value is around 700 soles (some US $250).

Nemesio Ipanaque’s work took 70 days: "I had to be very patient,” he comments.

The resulting work was a 351 kilos piece, valued in 3,500 soles.

Each artisan was given a 10,000 soles prize.

"The Bull and me," by artisan Isaias Rodriguez, won the filigree category.

The 157 pieces that were submitted to this contest will be showcased until July 11 at the Parque de la Amistad in Santiago de Surco (Lima), Tuesday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

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