Machiyenga Is a Chocolate Bar That Pays Tribute To Its Ancient Peruvian Origins

by Natalie Mouradian on 10/08/2019 | 2 Minute Read

Alejandro Gavancho designed this intricate packaging for Peruvian chocolate brand, Machiyenga. The overall design pays tribute to the Incan gold period by allowing the die cut and foiling to take center stage.

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"Machiyenga is a bean-to-bar chocolate from Cuzco, Peru. The name is derived from the Machiguenga, an indigenous community that lives in the Peruvian Amazon, between Cusco and Madre de Dios, very close to where the cocoa used to make the chocolate grows."

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"In the Inca period of Peru, gold was considered important, since for them, it was a sacred metal sent down by the Sun, who was their God. Taking this as inspiration, foil lining was used all around the packaging to represent the gold, in addition to die cut on the back of the packaging that is inspired by the art of the Machiguenga community and serves the extra purpose of showing the inside of the packaging where the chocolate bar is wrapped in golden aluminium wrapping, continuing the concept of Incan gold."

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  • Designer: Alejandro Gavancho
  • Photos: Edu Alarcon

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