Indigenous Wounaan Art Vase Bowl from Colombia. Handmade & Fair Trade. Black & White Flower design
Indigenous Wounaan Art Vase Bowl from Colombia. Handmade & Fair Trade. Black & White Flower design
Indigenous Wounaan Art Vase Bowl from Colombia. Handmade & Fair Trade. Black & White Flower design

Wounaan Fine Art Basket WV054 - Black & White Bean - Unique Handmade Gift

Regular price $ 479.00
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One of a kind statement home decor folk art vase bowl. All the workmanship is handcrafted by indigenous artisans of the Wounaan tribe in Colombia. Each art piece is constructed of palm leaf threads sustainably harvested from indigenous-owned lands in the rainforest of Colombia's Pacific coast.

This raw material travels over 400 miles via canoe, portage, motorboat, and a 12-hour bus ride to arrive in the hands of the artists who are internally displaced in the nation's capital.  Once in Bogota, the women strip the leaves apart, split them into fine threads, wash them, lay them in the sun to dry, and then dye them using vegetable dyes or food dyes.  Once the threads are ready, the women thread a 3-in long needle and begin sewing coils together with nearly water-tight stitches at 2 stitches per millimeter.   20% of each fine art basket purchase is re-invested in the Wounaan community for cultural preservation projects. 

Colors: Natural beige & black

Mountain design in the shape of a bean.  This basket is of very unique construction.  Most Wounaan baskets begin at the bottom center.  This piece, however, was begun at its waist and sewn from both sides moving inward, taking twice as long. This decorative vase would make a unique wedding or housewarming gift.

Size: 13 in diameter, 4.5 in high

Wt: 3 lb, 1 oz