Monkey Mask by weaver Dorotea Sabugara. Dark red designs swirl around the cheeks of this woven monkey mask. His face, nostrils and ears woven in black, with a white ring surrounding his eyes, drawing a triangles on his nose, and sprouting from a beard at his chin.
Woven shaman masks are created by the Embera people of Panama. They share similar cultural traditions and weaving artistry as their neighboring Wounaan tribe. Embera shamans (called jaibana) use figures and visages to be used in their healing and cleansing ceremonies. The masks and animal images are assembled around the hut where a curing ritual takes place.
Mid-sized masks take around 5 days each to weave. They are woven by a single artist out of shredded palm colored with all-vegetal dyes. Stitched together using a needle and shredded palm fronds dyed a complimentary color.