CLAY CUCHIMILCOS TO MEDALISTS IN THE PARAPAN AMERICAN GAMES
Just as the Pan American athletes, the Parapan American Games winners will receive Chancay culture-inspired statuettes.
Lima 2019 will award clay cuchimilcos to all gold, silver and bronze medals winners for their victory in the event.
Just like the Peruvian marathoner, Gladys Tejeda and the Ecuadorian runner, Alex Quiñones, the Parapan American Games winners will also receive cuchimilcos.
The figurines portrait the Chancay pre-Hispanic culture. The welcoming open arms served as inspiration for Milco., the Games official mascot.
Master craftsman from Ayacucho, Edwin Huasacca Condori and his five brothers manufactured 5390 figurines, which emulate the cuchimilco statuettes, for the Lima 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games.
“We’re very pleased, proud and happy to see our craft in the winners’ hands, the great athletes. It’s such a great honor to win a medal and have a cuchimilco in your hand,” said the artisan.
He explained that for the process of making the red clay statuettes they used geometrical designs inspired by nature, such as the waves and trees tattooed on its legs, and the champion band on the forehead.
“We keep the Peruvian art, tradition and culture alive. This is an incredible legacy we carry in our hearts and our hands,” he assured.
It should be noted that the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games are from August 23 to September 1 with 33 countries in the run. The Peruvian delegation has 139 athletes in the Parapan American Games and they will compete in 17 of the sport disciplines.