Star Ethnic Tray
This star ethnic tray is one of a kind statement home decor.
The indigenous artisans of the Wounaan tribe in Colombia handcraft all the workmanship of the ethnic trays. Each ethnic tray is constructed of palm leaf threads sustainably harvested from indigenous-owned lands in Colombia’s Pacific coast rainforest.
This raw material travels over 400 miles via canoe, portage, motorboat, and a 12-hour bus ride to Bogota. Once in the nation’s capital, the internally displaced artists strip the leaves, split them into fine threads, and wash them. Next, the women lay them in the sun to dry, and then dye them using vegetable or food dyes. Once ready, they thread a 3-inch long needle and sew coils together with 2 nearly water-tight stitches per millimeter.
14.96 x inches
Infuse your home with some tasteful foreign flavor with this beautiful star ethnic tray. Handmade by skilled Colombian artisans, the star ethnic tray timeless style is the perfect accent for your table setting and is sure to get compliments from guests.
Famously known for their finely woven baskets, the Wounaan indigenous people live in the jungle of the Chocó region. They use fibers from the Astrocaryum standleyanum palm tree, known as “Werregue”, to make the finest basketry in Colombia. First, they dry the fibers in the sun and then, they twist thin threads and shine them by friction. They make the ethnic baskets with a spiral technique, using a cord such as the “soul” or “gut”. After that, the artisans spin the thin threads of fiber around it. They braid the walls of the ethnic baskets so well that they can be used to transport water.
The artisan women decorate the ethnic baskets with leaves, seeds, geometric figures, and schematic representations of people and animals. They decorate them from their imagination as they express their appreciation of the universe.
800 artisan families derive their livelihood from this technique.
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