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IRACA PALM FIBER


Each thread preserves the essence and culture of these artisans

When you receive a handmade piece you are getting an object which process is far from easy. Take the Iraca palm tree weaving as an example. Its process can take days to complete. Nowadays in Colombia there are different communities that work with the Iraca palm tree fiber, although the most renowned are the artisan communities from Usiacurí and Sandoná.

SANDONÁ

Sandoná. Photo by David Cabrera

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USIACURÍ

Usiacurí 

We admire these communities because they are mostly led by mothers, whose families and craftsmanship act as the center of their lives.
Sandona 's technique applies a denser weaving that allows them to make beach bags, hats, and baskets.
Shop now  the Sandona Beach Bag

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The Usiacuri's technique uses a metallic structure as base which allows them to have endless possibilities when it comes to shapes, creating pieces like placemats, coasters, bags and hand fans amongst others.

Shop now the Iraca Placemats

The first step in the process of the fiber is to cut the shoot from the plant. The men recollect the fiber in the waning moon, picking them depending on the color and fineness of the fiber.

Photo by Neta 

Photo by Eric Bauer 

 

The second step is to separate the shoot into different strands and leave it to dry for three days in the sun.

Photo by SENA 
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Afterward, the community prepares the color and selects the quantity of the fiber that they need to dye before putting it together in a pot to cook in slow heat, until the desired tone is acquired, to be then weaved into something magnificent.
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Photo by Colombia artesanal 
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Traditionally in this communities, the women and the girls carry out the weaving process while the men are given the task of making the fiber.
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SHOP NOW THE SANDONA BEACH BAG 

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