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. Photo by David Cabrera
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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.
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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.
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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.