Get to know us

A family of collectors

Rainforest Baskets has been collecting and importing art from the Wounaan weavers since 2002. We are a the small team of Ed & Jen Kuyper, and with us our invaluable Panama half, Sebedeo Piraza, a member of the Wounaan community.

We work full-time to select, import, and showcase the incredible art of the Embera and Wounaan weavers.

HAND TO HAND

Review and select art for the collection

From the tiniest basket the size of a thimble, to grand works 3 feet wide that take 8 years to create, we import pieces of all sizes.

Alongside our partner Sebedeo, Ed travels to meet with weavers and review new pieces under construction, as well as newly completed works ready to ship. Ed meets with groups of weavers at several different stops, where they carefully uncover their treasures for a viewing.

REVIEWING MASTERPIECES

Carefully looking over pieces still under construction

Carefully taking notes on pieces under construction by master weavers prepares our team for new works that are expected to be completed in the coming years. These careful reviews include travel, notes on weaver progress, and photos of the construction process.

Selected by us for you

We represent the very best of Rainforest Baskets and Embera Masks, and have been introducing them to collectors since 2002.

Fast friends

Our twins making new friends in Panama

Barrington Family weavers

Viewing masks in construction by Roxana and her mother

Running away

The twins running with new Wounaan friends

Jen with weavers

Meeting with Wounaan Master Weavers

ONE-OF-A-KIND ART BY INDIGENOUS WEAVERS

~ Almost 20 Years of Importing from the Artists of Panama

~ Attention to Every Detail

~ Hand-made by Individual Artists

~ Supporting Indigenous Women

~ 100% Natural Materials & Vegetal Dyes

~ Hand-selected Woven Art

~ Made with Love – Presented with Care

Introductions

Jennifer Kuyper

Proprietor
(& MARKETEER)

Ed Kuyper

Proprietor
(& HEAVY LIFTER)

Sebedeo Piraza

PURCHASING
(& SHIPPING, TRAVELING, WEAVER COMMUNICATION… & SO MUCH MORE)

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