Part 1: From a seed in Mediterranean. The story between the farm and workshop.
I think it is the time to tell you about the voyage that a calabash takes until it arrives to your home as a gourd lamp. A 7-8 months process. I will start from the farm and explain until the stage that the preliminary works take place. Right before they are turned into lamps.
Our gourd lamps are made from calabash so my article will focus on the calabash rather than other gourds.
Why do we choose calabash?
Well first of all they grow here, where we live. We are in the middle of its native. And secondly they have a large surface which we can craft. Gourds like coconuts are not exactly what we prefer because of smaller craft surface. Smaller surface area simply restricts the artist to demonstrate or apply the ideas in mind.
It is not possible to make a replica.
I am not going to go into the botanical description of calabash or which species they belong either. Simply, a calabash is a vegetable. As far as I am concerned, it is the water that turns into a calabash and that's why they look like water drops by creation. Well another magic by the Mother Nature.