Amazonian Fiber Tray XII
$69.00|Made in Venezuela
This tray with geometrical design was handwoven by the men of the Piaroa People (Venezuelan Amazon) in tirite fiber. Basketry has always been considered a functional art, and this is true for all cultures. Although it was never strictly decorative, it is considered and exhibited as such nowadays. Its origin is eminently utilitarian because the processing, transportation, and consumption of foodstuffs was the determinant factor for the development of this tradition.
14.96 x inches
Natural and Brown
From the profane to the sacred, weaving is an instrumental means through which Amazonian people create objects.
Amazonian trays come in many shapes, sizes, and designs, and are evidence of how culturally diverse the region is. People use trays in many different ways, and they are an important part of daily life. This diversity of use is largely due to the amazing versatility of trays. The basic tray design can be found around the world. It has been developed by most cultures, using materials that are locally available. This gorgeous Amazonian Fiber Tray is handwoven by Piaroa craftswomen.
Venezuela’s tropical rainforest is rich with natural diversity, providing indigenous communities with plenty of materials for their crafts. Artisans use bamboo, lianas, straws and palm fronds to weave a wide number of objects. These include trays, baskets, bowls and musical instruments. Weaving is not just about creating objects, but also a way for artisans to practice and express their culture.
Today, we consider basketry a functional art. This is because trays are both cultural artifacts and useful everyday objects. Because of this, you can find trays in both museums and homes, as display pieces and as items for daily use. In the case of trays, imagination is, truly, the limit.
The versatility of Amazonian trays make them the perfect addition to any home. This is because they are functional, beautiful and have a rich cultural heritage. You can use them, admire them, or both. Keep them in your home, or in your garden. Whether you use them for form or for function, your home is not complete without one of these pieces.
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