These beautiful baskets are made by the Wounaan Indians from the Darien Rainforest of Southern Panama. The Wounaan People are widely recognized for the expert craftsmanship of these incredible baskets, that were originally made for more utilitarian purposes. They are so tightly woven, that they could actually be used to transport water, one of their original purposes, but are now crafted for decorative purposes. They are sought after by collectors around the world, for their museum quality and breath taking beauty. The Wounaan women hand craft these intricate baskets out of a base of Nahuala Palm, which is then woven with an overlay of the fine fibers of the Chunga Palm. These fine fibers of Chunga Palm allow for some truly beautiful and complicated designs, while the core of the Nahuala Palm lends a sturdiness to the basket. The leaves of the palm are first dried and bleached with the sun, and then colored with natural dyes made from the elements found in the surrounding rain forest... mud from the river, berries, wood, and local jungle plants. A large size basket can take up to two years to craft, as the designs are incredibly detailed and beautiful.This basket portrays a beautiful multi color floral and butterfly design, that continues on all sides of this spectacular work of art! The bottom of the basket holds a surprise geometric design, reminiscent of a flower, as well.
Approximate Measurements: 4 1/2" high x 16 1/4" circumference
Artist: Wounaan National Congress, Panama