Mehinako Cassava Mat

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Mehinako Cassava Mat

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Tribe: Mehinako  These mats made from cotton and burriti fibre. They are used for many purposes but mainly to serve, sift and wash cassava flour. They can also be used as a food tray and even to store...Read more

Tribe: Mehinako 

These mats made from cotton and burriti fibre. They are used for many purposes but mainly to serve, sift and wash cassava flour. They can also be used as a food tray and even to store cigarettes by the shaman.

When the mats are large, they can be used as a floor seat for the women. When small, they can be used as an eating utensil like a serviette!

When medium size, their principal use is an important part in the cassava / manioc production process. Women are responsible for the cultivation, transport and preparation of the cassava. After the manioc is taken from the soil it is processed by the women in the village. The bitter cassava tuber is grated and the poisonous Prussic acid removed. This is done by pressing the grated cassava mass inside these rolled mats. Next, the pulp is dried, stamped and sieved to form a flour which is baked into cassava cakes or bread; the staple food in the Indian way of life.

An original and highly detailed piece of art, stunning to be displayed on the wall or could be placed on any table either for function or design.

Dimensions: 103cm (41”) x 76cm (30”)