WII or BASKET
The Yanomami have long been famous amongst anthropological circles as one of the least Westernized indigenous groups in South America. Inhabiting a territory along the Upper Orinoco River in the Venezuelan Amazon, the Yanomami are renowned for their unique way of life, distinctive social structure and diverse basketry practices.
Baskets, or wii in Yanomami, are woven by women using Masi Masi lianas and Bejuco, gathered from surrounding jungle. The Yanomami are nomadic, making baskets a vital part of everyday life: whether foraging for food, hunting, fishing or moving camp, baskets are always useful.
These functional baskets are dyed with Nara or Onoto, with figures painted on using a burnt resin called Warapa. The figures found on Yanomami baskets have diverse meanings within the culture’s cosmology: circles symbolize humans whilst crosses are jaguar footprints and undulated lines are serpents, to name but a few.
The differing techniques and diverse motifs found in Amazonian weaving are all unique to the culture that produces them, invested with distinct social meaning and significance.
Venezuela’s tropical rainforest is rich with natural variety, providing indigenous cultures with an amazing variety of plants from which to produce their baskets. From bamboos to lianas; straws to palm fronds: these materials are implemented in the creation of trays; baskets; bowls; musical instruments; fans and many more objects. From the profane to the sacred, weaving is an instrumental means through which Amazonian people create objects.
THIS ITEM IS ELEGIBLE FOR RETURN WITHIN 30 DAYS OF RECEIPT IF UNUSED AND IN ITS ORIGINAL CONDITION.
Bejuco Fiber, Mamure Fiber