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Black Banded Steps on White Wounaan Basket


The Panama-based Wounaan weavers of these museum-quality "Hӧsig Di" (finest baskets) are one of the few indigenous cultures in the world creating contemporary woven art today.  They are artisans whose spectacular decorative and collectible masterpieces take several months, and as much as 3-4 years or more to complete.


Each unique basket starts with coil of bundled fibers from the naguala palm.  Around this coil are "woven", using a sewing needle, threadlike strands of "chunga", the black palm fiber that is sun bleached and then boiled with leaves, flowers, fruits, or roots to achieve over two dozen natural colors.


Designs are categorized as either "cultural" or "pictorial".  Geometric designs are cultural, reflecting Wounaan ceremonial body tattoo, patterned after pre-Columbian rock art and pottery.  Pictorial designs depict stylized parrots, toucans, macaw, hummingbirds, marlin, orcas, spiders, jaguars, sloths, monkeys, iguanas, exotic flowers and trees.


Basket making, an important hedge against bordering Columbian guerillas and drug-trafficking in Wounaan territory, also provides money for medicine and education, which enables the Wounaan people to be more proactive about saving their rainforest and protecting thier way of life. 

Black Banded Steps on White Wounaan Basket

SKU: 115793
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Many of our items, including but not limited to, Weavings, Jewelry, Pillows, and Fetishes are made one at a time by hand.  Because colors of natural dyes, striations of stone, and other natural variances unique to natural materials and the being hand-crafted, items can vary slightly from pictures on our website.  If you have a concern or question about the actual product on hand or if you have a special request, we encourage you to contact us directly.

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