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YANOMAMI PEOPLE

YANOMAMI BASKET WII

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$43.00
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HANDMADE IN AMAZONAS, BRAZIL


Introducing the Wii Baskets: simplicity at its finest. Ideal for organizing even the most substantial piles of toys, blankets, or everyday clutter.

Crafted with meticulous care, each basket is a masterpiece that takes weeks to complete. They are skillfully handmade by talented Yanomami women in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. The Wii basket is an elongated, tightly woven piece with a rounded bottom. Woven using titica vine, it features intricate details of black fungus threads or is adorned with natural paint.

For the Yanomami people, the wɨɨ basket serves as the vessel for gathering produce and crops from the fields. It also aids in carrying firewood, essential for cooking and warming the communal house during the night.

25% OF PROFITS GO TO INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES IN BRAZIL

DETAILS

Materials: titica vine and black fungus thread.

Dimensions:
- Small: 12"-14" D x 10"-15"H
- Medium: 14"-16" D x 12"-16"H
- Large: 18-22"" D x 15-17"H

** This item is artisan crafted with care. Given its handmade nature, variations are to be expected and celebrated. Each item is unique and no two are exactly alike. **

PRODUCT CARE

- Style indoors in a dry place.
- Dust with a microfiber cloth to clean if necessary.
- Baskets will darken slightly and become more firm with age.
- Do not leave the piece exposed to sunlight.

Yanomami woven indigenous basket
Yanomami woven indigenous basket
Yanomami woven indigenous basket
Yanomami woven indigenous basket
Yanomami Indigenous basket
Yanomami Indigenous basket
YANOMAMI BASKET WII

MEET THE CREATOR

AMAZONAS, Brazil

YANOMAMI PEOPLE

Photography by Alan Azevedo/ISA

The Yanomami are the largest group of people living in a high degree of isolation in the rainforest, with approximately 40,000 individuals spread across 550 communities. Among these, 300 are located in the far northwest of the Brazilian Amazon, and 250 are in southern Venezuela.

Their indigenous land is the largest in Brazil and stands as one of the country's most extensive protected forest areas. However, it is under threat from mining exploration and deforestation. To the Yanomami, the land is not merely an inert space; rather, it is a living entity intricately woven into a complex cosmological dynamic of exchanges between humans and non-humans. Protecting this territory is crucial for the Yanomami, ensuring not only the resources necessary for their survival but also maintaining the delicate balance of the world.

Photography by Amanda Latosinski/ISA

Yanomami art is a manifestation of knowledge passed down through generations, involving understanding the methods of collecting raw materials and the intricate processes of weaving. The commercialization of handicrafts has evolved into a vital form of exchange for items they cannot produce themselves. Therefore, by acquiring a Yanomami product, you are also, in some way, contributing to the exchange system of these forest people.