Wounaan Embera Basket Crossroads Trade Fair Eco Natural

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jun 20, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House
A traditional geometric basket from the Wounaan tribe of Panama's Darien Province. After painstakingly planning out motifs, the women shred palm frond to make thread. Dyes are extracted from sources such as jagua fruit (blue-black) and pucham leaves (pink). Utilizing fiber from the Nahuala bush, the basket maker forms a coil. She then sews the palm frond thread around the coil, using a needle. A fine basket can take months to make. 16.5" circumference, 4.5" height.