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Handmade Gourd Art

Velia (Vel) Martinez


Debbie's beautifully crafted Indian quilts add to your rustic décor and are handmade by her mother, Velia (Vel) Martinez and are sold internationally out of Los Angeles, California. She uses cotton and features Southwestern American Indian motifs. All quilts are traditionally made as Vel's grandmother taught her. They are each hand tied with knots to hold them together, creating a longer-lasting quality. The hem is hand sewn all the way around the edge. They are made to be used, not just displayed for decoration. Custom orders are available based on your request of design, size, and color. Special designs require an initial consultation.

Gourd Art

Debbie takes pride in being a Yaqui and an American Indian artist, providing customers with the best-quality traditional Southwest and modern designed gourd art available. Each category of gourd art reflects variations that will add a unique look to your home or office space. All gourds are finished with a polish, enamel, or acrylic.  The outside of each gourd is always burned, carved, or embellished with:

  • Sterling Silver
  • Tiny Beads
  • Various Stones
  • Shells
  • Bones
  • Beaded Rosettes

Walking Sticks

Made from branches or bamboo, each has been whittled and finished with a leather strap and embellished with a stone. It has a rubber tip for non-skidding.

Yaqui Dancer Gourd Art

Crisscross Quilt Pattern

Purchase My Artwork:

You can purchase my artwork at the Gene Autry Museum National Center located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (across from the Los Angeles Zoo) Museum Phone: 323-667-2000. If you are interested in purchasing my work in person, I will be at various events and shows Western National Parks that we will announce here. Or you may contact by email and I will send the information.

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Shipping Options

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