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C/C Imports was initially envisioned to be a wholesale only firm importing hand crafted items from Peru. For the first ten years, we would load our truck with our free standing booth and product samples and travel the wholesale trade route. This took us from Dallas to Chicago, Los Angeles to New York, and many cities in between. One of the first things you would see when you entered our show room, would be our "brag wall". Here we display the many awards our booth has won over the years. We are very proud of the fact that our show booth won "Best of Show" awards at least once from every show we attended.



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To understand and appreciate Peruvian handicrafts, one must first look at the geography of modern day Peru. Peru's Geography presents formidable difficulties to modern human habitation. There are three different and distinct geographical regions, the raw materials available in each district dictate the type Peruvian handicraft produced:

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The western seaboard is one of the driest deserts in the world. It never rains. The only source of water is the melt-off of Andes Mountain snow. Throughout this desert, tombs, over 2,500 years old, have been found which are perfectly preserved due to the dry climate. Duplication of the artifacts found in these tombs is a primary source of this region's handicrafts.

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Parallel to the coast, and within a mere five to ten miles inland, are the Andes Mountains. They are characterized by massive soaring peaks gouged with deep canyons. These mountains, which cover 26 percent of Peru, are the home for over 50 percent of the population. They live in over 5,000 small isolated villages.

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Nearly 99% of this rural population (and 60% of the town dwellers!), have no running water or sewage. They live largely outside the "money economy" (It is difficult for those of us in advanced societies to grasp, but there really are people in this world who not only do not use money, they don't know the meaning of plastic!) Travel, to put it politely, is difficult.

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At the eastern foot of the Andes Mountains lie the vast unexplored virgin jungles of the Amazonian Basin. Here, there are no roads. One travels either by air, boat, or walks. This vast region has, for the most part, never been explored by civilized man. In an attempt to bring these people into the modern world, Missionaries have established "half-way" villages. These are villages located far enough away from civilization to make the Indians feel comfortable, but still close enough for traders to reach. Even today, the vast majority of these Indians have never been exposed to modern civilization. The products from the jungles are more utilitarian in nature. These are very rare, and their beauty and uniqueness make them truly collectors items.

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The artisans draw from a mixture of folk tales, superstition, and religion for their unique and distinct themes found in their Rustic Pottery, Tapestries/Wall Hangings, and Religious Handicrafts

If you would like to visit our Austin Show Room, it is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9am to 6pm. The Public is always welcome. Here you will find many beautiful decorator items from mirrors to furniture, rustic pottery to rare Shipibo and Chulucana vases and figurines, Ayacucho and San Pedro wall hangings/tapestries, Mexican leather furniture and Zapotec rugs, and many other wondrous things!

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