Basketry

Yanomami Basket

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Yanomami Basket

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These traditional baskets called 'Xotehe' are produced by the Yanomami and are still used daily in the villages. The Xotehe is a woven basket of cipó titica fibre and is one of the most traditional Yanomami baskets. Closed weave baskets...Read more

These traditional baskets called 'Xotehe' are produced by the Yanomami and are still used daily in the villages. The Xotehe is a woven basket of cipó titica fibre and is one of the most traditional Yanomami baskets. Closed weave baskets are used to condition foods, such as fruits and beiju (manioc), cotton and small objects. Open-weave models are traditionally used to fish and store food.

Each object produced by the Yanomami people holds a story. The structure of the basketry and its circular lines connect with the daily life of the Yanomami. It is concentrically that the Yanomami interact with the forest, arranging their houses (xapono) in the center, and expanding the radius for their agriculture and hunting areas. The same circular designs are repeated in the cut of their hair and in their graphics. Daily life in the communities is permeated by objects made by women and men who, with a unique aesthetic dedication, find practical solutions for day-to-day life.

The commercialization of handicrafts has become an important form of exchange for objects that can not be produced by them. Thus, they manage to make viable the acquisition of machetes, agricultural tools, sandals, hooks and other products that are basic in their daily lives. By acquiring a Yanomami product you are also, in some way, entering the exchange system of the peoples of the jungle.

Yanomami art is the result of a knowledge that is transmitted through generations, which implies knowledge of the methods of collecting the raw material as well as its processing and the final preparation of the objects through to the braiding technique.

The work of producing and marketing these baskets preserves the culture, generates income and grants autonomy to the communities, strengthening the Yanomami against the threats and pressures resulting from the predatory exploitation of their territories. By acquiring and disseminating Yanomami art you contribute to the preservation of the Amazon and the maintenance of this culture as one of the symbolic peoples of Brazilian socio-diversity.

The association between Hutukara Asociación YanomamiISA - Instituto Socioambiental and ourselves makes it possible to present these pieces to the market in an accessible and fair way, valuing the products of the jungle.

Dimensions: Diameter 33cm x Height 13cm