Piyulaga village, Mato Grosso, Brazil, South America
20 Mar 2018
1981 to 1983
Basket made from thin split bamboo, some dyed. Rim is round, bottom is square with interior wooden frame. Woven line pattern on the center portion only. Four cotton tassels, one at each corner. Cotton binding just below rim. Buriti strings cross across the opening.
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. Large twill-weave basket, with two woven designs: (1) kájujúto otáapáka (macaw's cheek) design, referring to stripes under the eyes of the Blue-and-yellow macaw (Ara ararauna), and (2) "leaf-cutter ant trail" (kutákumá áhinabúla), possibly referring to leaf-cutter ant of the genus Atta, commonly called Saúva in Brazil. Although this basket is well-woven, it was finished in such a way that it is slightly askew. Perhaps made by a younger man.