The Wounaan Baskets of Panama
The Wounaan Baskets are known to be one of the finest baskets in the world. Each basket is a fine piece of art, the colors are very natural and intricate designs.
The Wounaan Natives from the Darien Rainforest and the Embera Indians are master artisans, they handmade these fine woven baskets and plates, the work normally takes months up to years to be completed. The women are well known for their baskets and the men for the Cocobolo wood and Taguas.
Each baskets/plates were handwoven using natural fibers found in the forest, a variety of reeds are normally used. The colors are produced with natural extract of plants and earth using the traditional method of dying the basket fibers. They can portray insects, animals or life in the village.
Note: Darien Rainforest Basketry (book) is available in my website for sell, the book explain step by step about how these baskets are made and is illustrated with beautiful pictures, English version.
I have a great selection of these baskets, some may not be listed yet, if you e-mail I can send you picture of all other baskets.