Art and cigars in De Cuba humidors
Known as the land of the best tobacco, Vueltabajo is also home of skilled craftsmen, specialized in developing cases or humidors to preserve famous Habanos.
De Cuba, is the name of the group composed by artists of this Western territory, who traded the colorful boxes in nations like Japan, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Lebanon and Mexico.
The best works of the series will be shown at the International Crafts Fair, Fiart 2012, to be held during the upcoming month of December in Havana.
Designers, carpenters, carvers, painters, framers made up the project, which identifies this region, told Prensa Latina Madelín Rodríguez, specialist of the Cuban Cultural Assets Fund.
With the silhouette of legends like famous Cuban tobacco cultivator Alejandro Robaina and other ornaments, the attractive boxes are also commercialized by Habanos SA.
Each piece, she added, is made of natural cedar, grown in Cuba and dried over three years to be ideal.
Equipped with devices to determine and control humidity, tobacco humidors evoke the tradition of the area and pay homage to renowned growers.
The decoration of the container is done through different procedures as direct carvings in wood, silkscreen inks and special techniques, or marquetry, used to join small pieces to make incredible drawings.
Formerly named Vueltabajo, Pinar del Rio provides 70 percent of the national production of leaves and most of the layers used in the industry of twisted tobacco for exportation.
Along with its excellent Vegas, the province now shows beautiful cedar cases to store and preserve in good condition Cuban cigars.
Friday, November 09, 2012