Guacamaya Baskets - Colombiano
Made by the pre-Hispanic peasant community of Guacamayas. Decendants from the Laches Indians, these peasants inhabit the mountains of Boyaca, Colombia. Their basketry tradition goes back hundreds of years when they began to elaborate their baskets for every day shores such as placing the spun wool or storing food. Today the women in this community combine trades of agriculture and livestock with the production of their basketry.
The baskets are hand woven and along with an ancestral spiral technique; the use of fique, vegetable dyes, salt, aloe, banana, orange and lemon, the result are these colorful and unique crafts.
Use: Pot coasters, home decor, place mats