Since Pre-Columbian times the Lenca ethnic group have been spread out in Central America, in what is now known as Honduras and El Salvador. Now a days, there around 100 thousand lencas in Honduras and they are found in several regions of the country: Intibucá, Lempira, La Paz and Valle. Even though their language disappeared, they have kept alive some of their customs.
Recently their pottery has gained a lot of popularity, because of its beauty. The pottery is decorated with geometrical designs with white and black colors. Besides being a huge success in Honduras, recently it has gained a lot of popularity in the United States and Europe. The Lencas used this pottery to help them with several tasks around the house, now a days, it is being used only for decorative ornaments around houses, stores and offices around the world.
This is a great opportunity for the Lencas to spread their culture and let the world know about the beauty of their crafts and pottery. The villages such as La Arada, the artisans still are making the pottery as their ancestor made it, creating beautiful jugs, jars, bowls, jugs, vases, incense burners and pots. Everything they make is by hand and do not use any machinery or wheels to help them.
Now because of this popularity, there is a need to improve the wellbeing of the Lencas. Honduras arts, as a part of our purpose would like to encourage fair trade and other Socially Responsible movements that will help the Lencas and Honduras. If you are interested in knowing more about the pottery and our projects with the Lencas, please contact us through the form in our blog. Also soon, we will start selling some arts and crafts from Honduras. Check out our Arts and Crafts Store