At Luna Sundara, our Palo Santo and incense holders are more than just functional items; they are pieces of art crafted in Chulucanas, a Peruvian town known for its distinctive pottery techniques. The creation process of these holders involves several meticulous steps, reflecting the tradition and skill of the local artisans.

The journey begins with the selection of high-quality clay, sourced locally for its excellent texture and durability. Artisans start by kneading the clay thoroughly, preparing it for molding. This is a crucial step, ensuring the clay is malleable enough for shaping.

Shaping the holders is done entirely by hand, using traditional tools. Each piece is molded with care, allowing for a variety of designs, from simple to intricate patterns. The hand-molding process means no two holders are exactly alike, giving each one a unique character. The artisans' attention to detail ensures that each holder is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Once shaped, the holders are left to dry naturally in the sun. This drying phase is essential, preparing the clay for the firing process. The dried holders are then placed in a kiln for a two-step firing process. The first firing, known as bisque firing, hardens the clay and makes it more durable. After this, a natural, non-toxic glaze is applied, followed by a second firing. This final firing not only sets the glaze but also enhances the holder's durability and appearance. 

The kilns used in Chulucanas are traditional wood-fired kilns, which impart a unique character to each piece. The temperature and duration of the firing are carefully controlled to achieve the desired strength and finish. This part of the process requires significant expertise, as even slight variations can impact the final product.

After cooling, each holder is inspected for quality. Only those meeting our high standards are selected. The final products are not only visually appealing but also highly functional, designed to securely hold Palo Santo sticks or incense, allowing them to burn safely and release their aromatic scents.

Luna Sundara's Palo Santo and incense holders are a reflection of the rich traditions and exceptional craftsmanship of Chulucanas. Each holder is a testament to the skill and dedication of the artisans who create them, ensuring you receive a unique and beautifully crafted item.

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