Brazilian Basketry

Brazilian Indian Baskets from the AmazonA legacy of Brazil's native inhabitants (who still make some of the most gorgeous baskets in the country, see photo at left), basketry is very much practiced all over; palm fronds and grasses are woven, crocheted, dyed, made into wonderful rugs, placemats, baskets, tablecloths, sandals, you name it! Here are some examples from the states of Ceará, Maranhão, Tocantins (the "golden grass" pieces above), and Piauí (the rug).

You can view "golden grass" or capim dourado objects in a gorgeous catalog published by Central do Cerrado. Plus, you get to see the plant itself and the women who weave the to-die-for collection!!

Basket at Fortaleza Market Crafts Market Sao Luis do Maranhao Basket at Fortaleza Crafts Market Buriti Palm Objects in Fortaleza
Banner at Fortaleza Crafts Market cesta.jpg (119623 bytes) Buriti Handbags at Sao Luis Crafts Market Buriti Rug from Piaui

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