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Let me not cease to weep, saith Moon, these tears of Tenderness

Elicura Chihuailaf Nahuelpan

The dream

Twenty years ago, Lágrimas de Luna (Moon Tears) decided to break the paradigm of undervaluing Chile’s indigenous ancestry, and present this unknown culture to the world. Grand expositions, seminars and deluxe editions have spread ancestral Mapuche culture and art to thousands of people.

Today, this cultural richness has inspired a line of world-class art, jewelry and design. It has revived a craft and culture, generating employment and fair trade for artisans in vulnerable areas.

Each piece of Lágrimas de Luna is an invitation to discover the spirit of nature.

Welcome to the world of Lágrimas de Luna…

The impact

Lágrimas de Luna empowers artisans through employment and fair trade, bringing employment and sustainability to communities in need.

Areas of impact

Ancestral Crafts - Local Employment - Cultural Heritage

“Each time we confront a new design, which should carry our ancestral techniques of the 18th and 19th centuries into this era, it is both an adventure and a challenge to our ability to journey back in time.”

Alejandro Pasten
Master Artisan
Arauncanía Region

Cultural sustainability

We wanted to contribute to keep the cultural richness alive. So far we have done:

· The great luxury edition "Moon Tears, Treasures of Mapuche silverware". Over 1.000 books were given to communities in the south of Chile, alongside manuals and catalogues to rescue the ancestral symbolism and craftmanship.

· The largest exhibition of indigenous arts and crafts in Chilean history, exhibiting in the Bellas Artes Museum in Santiago, and developing other large scale exhibitions of arte and culture in other venues in Chile and abroad.

· The first "living museum" for the communities, called "Lugar de Encuentro El Pewen" en Alto Biobío, sur de Chile.

· Talks and seminars to educate people on Mapuche cultural heritage.

· Hundreds of hours of training for artisans to rescue traditional techiques and designs.

· On the ground research and analysis of cultural patrimony.

The story

Lágrimas de Luna began 20 years ago with a search to understand the meaning of the symbols in ancestral Mapuche silverwork and arts.

Following in the footsteps of her great-great-grandfather, Jacqueline Domeyko traveled throughout southern Chile’s Araucania to share with communities, researchers, scholars, poets and artisans. Thousands of kilometers traversed, countless hours of conversation around the fire, and five years of research led to Chile’s largest exhibition of indigenous art and jewelry. “Lágrimas de Luna, Treasures of Mapuche Silverwork” adorned the National Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago, with the colour of a full moon, establishing our vision to the future: create world-class pieces and experiences that transmit the spirit of nature, and the richness of ancestral Chile.

Two decades later, Lágrimas de Luna has produced a masterful line of jewelry, design and fair trade that revives craft, symbolism and culture, continuing our journey towards the future...

The dream

Twenty years ago, Lágrimas de Luna (Moon Tears) decided to break the paradigm of undervaluing Chile’s indigenous ancestry, and present this unknown culture to the world. Grand expositions, seminars and deluxe editions have spread ancestral Mapuche culture and art to thousands of people.

Today, this cultural richness has inspired a line of world-class art, jewelry and design. It has revived a craft and culture, generating employment and fair trade for artisans in vulnerable areas.

Each piece of Lágrimas de Luna is an invitation to discover the spirit of nature.

Welcome to the world of Lágrimas de Luna…

The impact

Lágrimas de Luna empowers artisans through employment and fair trade, bringing employment and sustainability to communities in need.

Areas of impact

Ancestral Crafts - Local Employment - Cultural Heritage

“Each time we confront a new design, which should carry our ancestral techniques of the 18th and 19th centuries into this era, it is both an adventure and a challenge to our ability to journey back in time.”

Alejandro Pasten
Master Artisan
Arauncanía Region

Cultural sustainability

We wanted to contribute to keep the cultural richness alive. So far we have done:

· The great luxury edition "Moon Tears, Treasures of Mapuche silverware". Over 1.000 books were given to communities in the south of Chile, alongside manuals and catalogues to rescue the ancestral symbolism and craftmanship.

· The largest exhibition of indigenous arts and crafts in Chilean history, exhibiting in the Bellas Artes Museum in Santiago, and developing other large scale exhibitions of arte and culture in other venues in Chile and abroad.

· The first "living museum" for the communities, called "Lugar de Encuentro El Pewen" en Alto Biobío, sur de Chile.

· Talks and seminars to educate people on Mapuche cultural heritage.

· Hundreds of hours of training for artisans to rescue traditional techiques and designs.

· On the ground research and analysis of cultural patrimony.

The story

Lágrimas de Luna began 20 years ago with a search to understand the meaning of the symbols in ancestral Mapuche silverwork and arts.

Following in the footsteps of her great-great-grandfather, Jacqueline Domeyko traveled throughout southern Chile’s Araucania to share with communities, researchers, scholars, poets and artisans. Thousands of kilometers traversed, countless hours of conversation around the fire, and five years of research led to Chile’s largest exhibition of indigenous art and jewelry. “Lágrimas de Luna, Treasures of Mapuche Silverwork” adorned the National Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago, with the colour of a full moon, establishing our vision to the future: create world-class pieces and experiences that transmit the spirit of nature, and the richness of ancestral Chile.

Two decades later, Lágrimas de Luna has produced a masterful line of jewelry, design and fair trade that revives craft, symbolism and culture, continuing our journey towards the future...

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