Round storage basket
This basket is a one-of-a-kind, hand woven in the South-East of Colombia by a talented woman belonging to the indigenous Yuremava Clan.
OCASA is proud to work with the Craftsmen Association Puerto Tolima Querari, a group of Colombian Indigenous artisans. Products are bought directly to this community, ensuring that artisans are payed a fair price.
Baskets were traditionally used to meet strict household needs, but for the last 15 years, their production has slowly become commercial in a very small scale. Handicrafts have become the main source of income for families, and at the same time allows them to maintain a traditional life-style.
Adding a special touch to your home interior with a basket handmade by a Yuremava woman, you support this community in a truly fair way, providing them a source of income.
Material: Yaré rattan
Colors: Natural fiber and red.
Dimensions: H 29 cm x Diam 27
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Storage baskets handcrafted by Colombian native people
A collection of baskets handwoven by Native Yuremava women
Yuremava is the name of a Colombian indigenous clan, belonging to the Amazonian Cubeo ethnic group. This clan lives in the Amazon forest, on the banks of the river Querarí, in the South-East of Colombia.
Because women dedicate most of their time to farming, cooking and taking care of the children, they weave baskets on their spare time. Such crafts used to be made only for personal use. However, for the last 15 years, Yuremava people also sell them as a source of income.
Fibers and colors are 100% natural
In fact, artisans use a local fiber called Yare, collected in the surrounding forest. Men are in charge of the search for this plant, and are also the ones preparing it for weaving. Besides, colors are all natural and it is quite complex in itself just to collect the different ingredients for coloring.
Actually, different local plants are sown especially to color most of the fibers. For instance, the red color is a mix of ground leafs from different plants. On the other hand, the black color comes from coal.
Hence, purchasing a Yuremava basket is a way to get an absolutely unique basket, with a very special story behind.