Made in The Amazon, Brazil
By Mamirauá peoples
Of Tala de cauaçú (calathea lútea) with cipó-ambé (philodendron spruceanum) naturally dyed with urucu and crajirú, tortoise pattern
Description A gorgeous, vibrant 3-section tray patterned with intricately interwoven exotic fibers to hold and sort a variety of small objects.
Dimensions 14½" x 6" W
Availability Generally ships within 2 weeks.
The Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve was created in 1990 in the state of Amazonas, and in 1996, its status was changed to that of a Sustainable Development Reserve. Mamirauá is one of the areas protected by the international Ramsar Convention of the IUCN as a wetland of global importance. It has also been proposed that the Reserve should form part of a future UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Brazilian Amazon. The Institute manages the reserve and promotes initiatives to improve the quality of life for its communities. Starting in 1998, the Institute fist implemented programs to preserve and promote artistic and craft traditions of the Mamirauá people. Key components include organizing cooperative efforts for women to produce traditional handcrafted items as an alternative income source and sustainable sourcing of raw materials. The vibrant colors of the Mamirauá basketry are accomplished with natural pigments.
Tala de cauaçú is a broad-leafed tropical herb with reflectant lower leaves, caused by the presence of loose epicuticular wax. Calathea means basket, referring to the form of inflorescence, and lutea means yellow.
Cipó-ambé is a woody vine grown in topical forests.
Basketry is one of the most practiced crafts, employed through the millennia to produce functional objects. The variety is astonishing, as is the creative employment of regional materials in their production. In Brazilian indigenous communities, basketry is made weaving local plant materials using a variety of techniques to produce a diverse range of forms, shapes and decorative elements. Basketry is among the most widely used objects in many indigenous communities given its utilitarian applications, including to sieve, sift, strain and process food stuffs; filter liquids; hunt and fish; store items and transport cargo such as fruits; and serve ritual and ceremonial purposes. In addition, basketry is aesthetically rich and inextricably linked to the indigenous cultural identity. A wide range of geometrical patterns and combinations are common each one with a specific symbolism. The basket may be produced using the natural color of the raw material or may be naturally dyed using local plants and fruits.