Tapered Black Floral, Wounaan Basket

$750

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A tall floral on black, colorful florals and winged hummingbirds. The weaver outlined each element in a white stitch to make the motif pop over black.

5″ W x 7″ H , constructed by Wounaan weaver Donaida Chamapuro.

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In Wounmeu, the language of the Wounaan, there is a special name for fine traditional coil-construction palm-fiber baskets — hösig di. Expert weavers stitch silk-fine strands of the black palm they call chunga, brilliantly or subtly colored with vegetal and organic dyes, over coils of naguala palm.

The newest, softest green palm fronds are shredded by hand, extracting the internal fibers as thin as thread. After drying in the sun, these fibers are dyed in mixtures created using roots, berries and seed pods, all-naturally sourced vegetal colors.

Chunga is so closely linked to Wounaan tradition and daily life that, when it comes to the creation of Hösig Di (the Wounmeu term for their fine baskets), each basket is believed to begin with an inherent spiritual quality. Further to this point, the women who weave them are often called “spirit weavers”. Learn more about how Rainforest Baskets art is created.

Stitched over many months and years from natural palm fibers and organic dyes, your handmade woven art should be displayed proudly, away from any windows and skylights. The ultra-violet rays of direct sun and strong light can cause the saturated natural dyes in textile and fiber art to fade, and can even damage the fibers themselves.

If your woven art resides with you in the desert or other dry environments, you may feel better occasionally misting it (as often done to wicker or rattan) inside with distilled or non-chlorinated tap water. Using a paper towel, gently pat any excess moisture from the interior.

We offer free shipping within the continental United States.

  • For addresses in the US, tracked postage takes 2-7 business days.
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  • Rainforest Baskets is not responsible for customs duties or taxes on international shipments, nor is it responsible for delays associated with the import process.
  • We will be happy to offer a full refund (excluding shipping) on items returned within 7 days of receipt of delivery.
  • Returned items must be in original condition and undamaged, and purchased directly from RainforestBaskets.com.
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  • For defective, damaged or incorrect items, please notify us within five days of delivery in order to receive a refund/exchange.
  • Email us at info@rainforestbaskets.com to organise the return.

 

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Description

Pictorial motif Rainforest Baskets 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.

Masterful coil construction Wounaan baskets are created using thin shreds of Chunga palm fibers dyed into various colors, coiled over thicker Naguala palm. Shredded palm fronds, dried in the sun, readily absorb the vegetal dyes created out of local resources. Roots, berries and river silt are just some of the items that are used to boil, bury, and simmer palm fronds in to take on vibrant colors.

Vegetal Dye Sources

Lianas Vine

A woody climbing plant that hangs from trees, especially in tropical rainforests. It is used to make both a pink color and a cream color, depending on which part of the vine that is used.

Asafran

Saffron makes many colors, including a rich green. Also used to make green are soliman (a seed-like potatoe) and earth.

Cocobolo Wood

Cocobolo is a prized rosewood, used for decorative carvings, knife handles and more. Many carvers leave behind wood shavings that are used as a chocolate colored dye.

Trumpet Vine

Flowers are used to create brilliant colors depending on the time in bloom. Vibrant red and colorful hues or rich, darker hues depending on the lifecycle of the plant.

We work with many weavers, apx 50-75 Wounaan and a dozen Embera weavers. Here we spotlight some of the artists.

About Lubecia Membache

Lubecia is an indigenous Panamanian of the Wounaan tribe. She is from the small remote village of Maje, Chiman, which is located in the dense Darien Rainforest. She learned to weave larger pieces as a young girl, starting with geometrics as all young learners do to understand how each overlapping coil creates a shape.

Throughout her weaving career, Lubecia has concentrated on perfecting the pawprint, creating almost exclusively this design for over 10 years. One of her signature designs is the pawprint with overlapping colorful ‘leaves’ at the base. She finishes the top with a row of diamonds in the same colors as the base. There is no other weaver who can execute this design with such small, straight stitches, and Lubecia is known by collectors for her rounded pawprint pieces with her signature hidden colorful design at the base.

Lubecia grew up in the countryside, and now spends half of her time in the city at an art stall, and the rest of her time in the village with her family. As one of the most industrious weavers we know she once rented an art stall in an artiseneria, an artist collective where tourists can wander and purchase directly from many different artisans and indigenous tribes, to sell small baskets made by her friends and family, while weaving larger pieces for us as she sat at the booth. With her basket income she has been able to help pay for her kids’ education as well as become a source of income for several other beginner weavers through her art stall.

Our Mission

At Rainforest Baskets our very small team brings beautiful handmade woven art to your space, and empowers indigenous weavers to create a better future for themselves and their families.

Wounaan Master Weavers

Passing down traditions through generations

Traditional & Modern Motifs

Inspired by history and life in the rainforest

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