Piyulaga village, Mato Grosso, Brazil, South America
20 Mar 2018
1981 to 1983
Basket made from split bamboo, some dyed. Rim is round, bottom is square with interior wooden frame. Woven diamond pattern. 4 cotton tassels. Cotton binding just below rim.
Notes by the collector, Emilienne Ireland: All-purpose basket, carried exclusively by women and girls, for carrying loose items on top of the head, or for storing items at home. Twill-weave basket woven in "top of the anaconda's head" design (walamá onéputáku), referring to the Green anaconda (Eunectes murinus). [Note attached to basket in 1982: "kulupiyene, ui ogana".] Basketry material the Wauja call pulúto, which is split from the outer layer of the stalks of the buriti palm (Mauritia flexuosa), tassels and edging under the rim of Wauja cotton, reinforcing sticks inside.