From the lush Darien Rainforest of Panama, Artfromtheplanet
brings hand crafted stunning works of art created by master weavers. After studying the various weaving techniques for the past ten years, I have designed and produced baskets and masks. I still purchase antiques from the elders from both tribes,
as it is a dying craft.
The women and men of the Emberra and Wounaan tribes have long created exquisite, museum-quality baskets and masks. Given the labor-intensive and
meticulous process, it can take anywhere from two months to four to six years to produce a single basket depending on size,detail and specfic weave of the basket. This indigenous craft (of 800 years) has only recently become accessible to the
outside world within the past eight years.
This site will also introduce you additional works by artfromtheplanet.com: handcrafted designer pillows, shoes, handbags and exquisite
macrame jewlery, called "Spirit Shields".
To place orders with Artfromtheplanet,
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It gives us great pleasure to share these one of a
kind works of art to collectors. It could be a simple macrame spirit shield, a Hosig Di ( Wounaan or Emberra) basket from the Darien Rainforest, a Wounaan mask from the rainforest, Kuna cloth ( in the form of a pillow or shoes), and finally a quilt
that was designed for the spirit of the collector. For me everything that grows has spirit and the fibers that create these works of arts have spirit too.
The Wounaan and
Emberra call their pieces "Spirit Vessels", for they impart a piece of their soul in each vessel. These collections are an impressive living history of global culture of indigenous people.
People think that they are different, but when you witness the weaving process and patterns from indigenous people, you will realize that we share history and we are not so different. Baskets from the Lakota Indians are woven exactly like
the people from the Rainforest to the tribes of the Zulu Africans .