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Handmade Pine Needle Trivet

Item # 35523

Funds 14 bowls of food.

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Protect the surface of your dining room table or kitchen counter with stunning handcrafts handwoven by group of women artisans in Nicaragua. These circular trivets are constructed using fallen pine needles, bound into tight coils with colorful threads sourced from the local market. Each is a unique work of art, and your purchase helps preserve a timeless artistic heritage.

  • Supports artisan training in the community of Cinco Puntos
  • Eco-friendly - the materials are gathered, not harvested
  • 6" diameter (15.2 cm)
  • Handmade in and fairly traded from Nicaragua

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Review count: 7

Recent reviews:

- February 12, 2016
Very sturdy! I chose multicolor.

- January 26, 2016
I love these trivets. Nicely crafted, very pretty & unique. Many uses.

- December 5, 2015
I bought 1 but think I might have to buy more. My cat LOVES this--she knocks it on the floor so she can rub on it. I don't know if she likes the texture or the scent better. So I may have to buy more just for me. I thought it might smell of pine (which I love) but mine gives off a kind of grassy/plant-type scent that is mild & pleasant. It is beautiful & functional & I love the fair-trade/cultural aspects.

- August 8, 2015
These are absolute gems. Made beautifully, work wonderfully.

- October 7, 2014
I bought two of the multicolor trivets. They are very well made, tightly woven, and so beautiful, it's a shame to cover them with a serving dish! I might have to buy more just to have laying around, uncovered.

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Artisan: Oyanca - pine needle artisans of El Cerro

Artisan Oyanca - pine needle artisans of El Cerro

Nicaragua's state of Chinandega lies along the Pacific Ocean, with miles of beaches rising into dry coastal hills covered with pines.

The women of El Cerro, a tiny community near the town of Cinco Puntos, have turned these pine trees' dropped needles into a creative craft. Under the leadership of Yeiba Guevara, 30 women gather and clean the dropped pine needles, then weave them together with threads and ribbons to create baskets, boxes, and even magazine holders, hats, and purses!

The weaving process is simple, but the execution and skill involved truly make each piece a work of artistry. Through selling their pine needle crafts, the women are able to bolster their families' incomes and send their children to school. The artisans constantly develop new designs to appeal to international audiences, ensuring that El Cerro's coastal pines will continue to provide more than just shade to the people who live there.

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