Unique art by master weavers

Exceptional Woven Art

Handmade in Panama by indigenous artists, these vibrant and intricate baskets and masks are the result of ancient weaving traditions passed through generations of the indigenous peoples of the Darién rainforest

Supporting master weavers

Exceptional Art

Handmade in Panama by indigenous artists, these vibrant and intricate baskets and masks are the result of ancient weaving traditions passed through generations of the indigenous peoples of the Darién rainforest

Our Mission

At Rainforest Baskets our very small team brings beautiful handmade woven art to your space, and empowers indigenous weavers to create a better future for themselves and their families.

Wounaan Master Weavers

Passing down traditions through generations

Traditional & Modern Motifs

Inspired by history and life in the rainforest

Harvesting Palm Fronds

Selecting Palm Fronds

Only the freshest, newest palm fronds are selected and gathered from the wild Chunga palm. These trees are covered in 6″ spikes, making gathering these fronds a dangerous effort using hand-crafted ladders and machetes.

Vegetal Dyes

Sourced from the Rainforest

Shredded palm fronds, dried in the sun, readily absorb the vegetal dyes created out of local resources. Roots, berries and river silt are just some of the items that are used to boil, bury, and simmer palm fronds in to take on vibrant colors.

From Our Collectors

“Our basket gets admiring attention when we have guests, and from time to time we just pick it up from the low stand it is on and marvel again at the workmanship.”

James T., Arro Grande, CA

Traditional Coil Construction

Hand-Stitched by Master Weavers

Each piece is begun with a small knot of gathered and dried palm frond, then as that bundle of palm starts to wrap around the center it is meticulously covered. The internal coils are covered completely by the colored palm fronds, thin as thread, using a sewing needle.

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    Where our weavers are located

    Darien Rainforest, Panama

    Crossroads of the World

    Functioning as a “bridge” between North and South America, Panamá is often referred to as the “Crossroads of the World.” Stretching anywhere from 30 to 130 miles in width, today, this flourishing country welcomes visitors from across the globe, as well as 12,000 ships, through the famous canal that bears its name.

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