Fair Trade! Presented by Made Wirata, this puzzle box from Bali makes a playful addition to any home. Hand-carved from suar wood, a charming dog sits, its tail wagging merrily. This box features three different interlocking pieces that reveal the main interior.
Materials: Wood (suar wood)
Approx. Dimensions: 2.8" H x 3.9" W x 3.5" D
Approx. Weight: 0.4 lb
Original Artisan Story:
Born on February 21st, 1978 in Gianyar, Made Wirata is a carver of natural talent. Gianyar is renowned producing famous Balinese artist and artisans, and Wirata's family has been dedicated to this art for generations.
Wirata first learned to carve from his father, who specialized in a particularstyle of carving locally known as sri bunga as well as keris - a traditional dagger. When he finished elementary school, he apprenticed with his uncle, who taught him to carve traditional images. In 1993, his interest in art lead him to learn from a cousin how the carving of modern statuettes. Wirata began to sell his work in order to sustain his studies and now several galleries in Bali are collecting his creations