In 2007 we brought back morado craft to Bolivia. Its secrets remained dormant for 250 years after the Jesuit missionaries were ousted from the region. Wood carving craftsmanship was highly valued in colonial times as the riches from silver and tin mining poured over booming towns and cities in western Bolivia. This was an era of exquisite wood carving craftsmanship for private homes, churches and public buildings. Cedar, mahogany, cypress, palo santo and orange tree wood were the preferred choices then.
Mostly dormant and anonymous after the XVIII century, the rich wood carving legacy barely survived in isolated towns spread over millions of acres of forest. Looking for ways to create economic and social impact through business, our founder, Gabriela Flores discovered the wonderful grain of morado wood in a few low-quality carved pieces scattered in forgotten wood shops. She immediately knew this "treasure wood" held enormous potential to sustainably create positive economic impact and to open a new era of exquisite Bolivian craftsmanship.
Seven years later, our highly trained and proud Bolvian artisans in San Miguel de Velasco and Santa Cruz jealously craft masterpieces from discarded tree cuts, stumps and branches from certified forestry operations not suitable for the veneer and flooring industry. They are sent to our Master Workshop to be delicately polished and finished, a process that can take several weeks for a single piece. The resulting pieces are stunning; the wood's exquisite grain produces art and decoration pieces of extraordinary beauty. No two are exactly alike.