In April 2015, eight women in Neltume decided to begin learning the art of creating fairies, which represent the medicinal herbs found in the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve. Since then, our “taller” (workshop), Karü Lawen, has evolved. We are focused on creating magical characters to educate visitors on the local biodiversity and culture. Each fairy is carefully designed and constructed, with new designs constantly developing as our group continues to find inspiration from our natural surroundings.
Every fairy’s design encapsulates the spirit of its respective medicinal plant. We spend time perfecting each product that is sold, making sure that they reflect accurately their original model. To learn the techniques and styles necessary for new designs, each member takes time out of her day to truly concentrate and practice. Once ready for real production, we work in series of steps which involves making fairies in batches, starting with the easier parts of a fairy first and then working our way to the more complicated ones. For example, we make the bodies of a fairy all at once, add hair to each, and finish with the drawing of her face. Once production is complete, every single fairy is inspected and approved before being sold.
As of 2018, we have 13 total products: one small magnet based on the elderflower and 12 fairy figurines inspired by plants like the rosemary, ulmo, borage (starflower), dandelion, Ribwort Plantain (“seven veins”), chilco, nettles, elderflower, rosehip, oregano, chamomile, and lavender. Each one features natural materials (nuts, seeds, leaves, wood moss) collected directly from our surroundings to truly connect our environment with our own creativity.
Where To Find Our Products
1. Café del Bosque
2. Café del Duende
3. Cafetería de la Selva Patagonica de la Montaña Mágica
Contact: Viviana Saavedra – 9 8730 4156
Gallery of Our Process
Gallery of Products