Butterflies in every design: spotted, outlined, striped, flutter in-between a dark tree with winding branches displaying detailed veined leaves. The branches twist behind butterflies and end at the top collar turning into a checkered pattern at the very top. Colorful flames at the base start this beautiful piece.
Pictorial motifs are called natura due to the fact that they are inspired by their natural surroundings. In fact, these designs often include local flowers, trees, birds, ocelots, jaguars, iguanas and other flora and fauna native to the Darién rainforest. Pictorial designs come in a variety of styles, some perfect renditions of the floral subject matter the weaver is conveying, and some an interpretation of the flora using angular shapes and shaded background.
Masterful coil construction Wounaan baskets are 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.