Wounaan Baskets - Handmade in Colombia
It takes an expert weaver approximately one day to weave one turn of a basket with stitching as tight as two stitches per millimeter!! These exquisite pieces of home décor art, are handcrafted by the Wounaan people of the Colombian pacific coast. Many have had to displace to urban centers due to ongoing armed conflict in the region. Every purchase helps to empower this community and preserve their culture.
Silky palm threads are sustainably harvested from the 'chunga' palm tree which has sharp spikes along the entire trunk. These palm leaves are silky smooth when dry. The leaves are washed, dried, split into fine threads, and dyed with natural vegetable dyes or food dyes. The designs and motifs that appear comes from the thoughts and inspiration of each weaver, usually representing elements from nature or their daily lives.
Our entire collection will be on display at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, IL Sept 17th - Nov 26th 2017