Banded Brown Hooks by Wounaan weaver Niyra Negria. Alternating large brown and black hooks surrounded this heart-shaped piece. A larger piece completed by weaver Niyra in over a year of construction. The top collar is completed with cultural designs in a complimentary black and brown. Geometric motifs draw their inspiration from multiple sources, including pre-Colombian textiles, ceramics and rock art. Baskets woven with these designs are often referred to as cultural, due to the fact that a large part of their inspiration stems from body paintings and patterns on spiritual paraphernalia used by village shamans.
This masterful coil construction work is created using thin shreds of Chunga palm fibers dyed into various colors, coiled over thicker Naguala palm. Vibrant and rich colors are all vegetal dyes created with roots, berries, leaves, river silt, and natural materials found in the abundant Darien rainforest.