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Jorge learnt his goldsmith job from his brother at the age of 12. As a teenager, he did several part time jobs in Lima, from buses, sweets seller to chicken plucker in butchers…At the age of 20, he decided to come back to the town where he grew up, san Jeronimo and started to fully focus on his passion. There he met his future wife, Elena, also from a goldsmith family. Together, they opened a jewelry store and an atelier in the center of the city. Jorge has been producing and selling his jewels for 18 years and now teaches his job to his students.
Janeth is 40 year old, she lives in Pasto, a small town in the south of Columbia, a few hours away from Ecuador. Janeth’s whole family focuses on wood work. Her house is also a huge atelier for cutting, polishing, paint and varnish, where everybody works every day, mostly on tourist market products.
Janeth is one of the last artisan mastering the straw marquetry technique, a ancestral Columbian art that needs a disconcerting dexterity. She mostly lives on special orders from rich clients and sells her products in luxury shops in Pasto and Bogota, the capital city of the country.
Concerned to save the straw marquetry tradition in Columbia, she now teaches her art to more than 40 women.