Some of you may be familiar with one of our favorite hidden gems in Barranco: Las Pallas. For those of you who are not, this is one stop you should absolutely include on your list of galleries to visit when in Lima. With over 25 years of providing quality Peruvian artisans’ products from around the country, Mari Solari, proud owner and operator, continues to bring handmade crafts to her discerning clients. Last year, we had the opportunity to celebrate the gallery’s quarter of a century milestone, but we can’t help but return to this wonderfully eclectic shop with its collection of some of the finest crafts that Peru has to offer.
From delicately woven textiles, to jewelry, pottery, fine carvings, and a myriad of other interesting handmade goods, the gallery is a treasure-chest of pieces representative of the diversity found in Peru. To truly understand and appreciate a gallery this unique, take the time to aimlessly wander throughout the house taking in each room and all of its pieces, and be sure to ask Mari questions about her life and work along the way.
Las Pallas’ current exhibit features bird motifs from a diverse range of artisans from the jungle, the Andes, and coastal regions. Some of our favorite pieces included the intricately carved gourds and jewelry as well as the colorful array of textiles and retablos, or Latin American votive paintings. From tiny, almost overlooked garden decorations to larger carvings, the current exhibit gives “bird watching” a whole new meaning.
As Las Pallas is constantly looking for new and updated work to complement its vintage collection, the annual Christmas exhibit will begin in late November and is the perfect place to find one-of-a-kind decorations and gifts for your family and friends. Read more about Las Pallas on our previous post, “25 Years of Las Pallas, Arts and Crafts in Barranco,” and contact Aracari to incorporate “bird watching” at Las Pallas into a hand-tailored trip to Peru.