Unique bowl made out of Totumo Fruit or Gourd. Each design is unique.
Bowl dimensions are from 15 cm diameter x 9 cm height (6 inches diameter x 4 inches height) up to 19 cm diameter x 10 cm height (7.5 inches diameter x 4 cm height) approx.
The size, shape and shade of each piece may vary and will be slightly different from what is shown in the photo.
Our items are fair-trade and we use natural, biodegradable materials that have been harvested in a sustainable manner. Our two chief aims are environmental preservation and giving talented but disadvantaged artisans an opportunity to participate in a leveled global market.
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TOTUMO is the fruit of the tree of the same name that grows in Colombia. Its fruit has a strong round or extended crust that becomes hardened when it is mature. The ripe fruits once dry and clean inside, are used as containers (totumas) to hold water or liquids. During the pre-Columbian time the natives, Mocanás, who inhabited the centre and the south of the Atlantic province (departamento) used the crust of Totumo to make canteens (totumas) in which they stored milk and water. The pulp of the totumo is used to feed the cattle and make natural remedies. Artisans clean, dry, cut, dye, polish and engrave the fruit to make beautiful One of a kind bracelets, pendants, earrings, necklaces and various handcrafts.
Totumo is very hard and durable, but is not water resistant. Water will not destroy totumo, but prolonged exposure to water or sun may cause the colour to fade or the piece to damage or bend.