Amazing; reading 200 yr old books (Maison Rustique from France & ‘Mechanische Technologie’ -[Mechanical Technology]- from Holland) and realising that basic principles haven’t changed. Even that people are ‘re-inventing the wheel’. Maison Rustique for example describes in detail how to grow (organically) veggies and how to process them including distilling essences from herbs, etc.; knowledge that repeats itself by modern garden gurus as if their own…. (picture: ‘Mechanische Technologie’).
During our travels in the past we always try to collect souvenirs. Sometimes these are just stones, sometimes genuine crafts or art. And we never went into a souvenir shop. If we bought something we had to like/love it and it had to be made by an artist on the spot. We’ve never been in Peru (South America is still largely to be discovered by us) but we met once in France an ceramist from this country working in the traditional way including wood-fired ovens scattered around his house somewhere in rural Burgondy, high in the mountains above the original French capital Cluny. And that is where we bought this mask and forgot in the meantime the meaning of it and also the name of the artist …..