A grande mask with a long brown woven beak. White stitches over a black base create a decorative pattern on his cheeks, and repeated into his shock of fuzz on top of his head. Completed with a red color in his eye woven over with white stitches.
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.