'CAJA' BASKET AND COVER
Dimensions: H 13 x L 30 x W 25 cm (Small); 15 x 30 x 36 cm (Medium); L 15.5 x L 33 x W 50 cm (Large)
Material: woven palm leaves
Made in: Tlamacazapa, Taxco de Alarcón, State of Guerrero, Mexico
Designer: Ac Palma
Artisans Community: Tlamacazapa
About The Designer
AC PALMA was founded in 2010 by Araceli Prado and Carmen Lombana with the aim to support and promote the wonderful work of artisans in the indigenous community of Tlamacazapa in the State of Guerrero. The village is almost entirely dedicated to the ancient tradition of palm weaving used to make high quality everyday objects. Araceli and Carmen work tirelessly to provide exposure and a platform for these beautiful pieces helping the artisans to reach a wider audience and support themselves through their hard and time-consuming work. We love their commitment to preserve the artistic identity of these artisans and provide a mean for the development of their community.
About The Technique
Hand-braiding is a pre-Hispanic technique used to turn the abundant palm leaves of the region of Guerrero into beautiful functional objects. Palm weaving can be a labour-intensive process. The locally sourced leaves are boiled and then left to dry in the sun. Once they are dry they are hand-braided. Some are dipped in natural dye to obtain the dark colour of our baskets and then dried again in the sun. Finally, the braided strands of leaves are woven together into shape. Depending on size a box can take up to three days to be completed.