Fish Hook Plate by Wounaan weaver Requita Peña. A wide, flat piece,with all of the geometric details and fine stitching of the traditional baskets but in a wide, flat form. Requita is one ofthe best weavers of this fish hook design, with twisted black hooks on white. She uses her husband’s wood carving shavings to dye her materials black.

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.