Country: Panama   /   Village: Puerto Lara
Ethnic Group: Embera & Wounan   /   Feature: Art & Crafts

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Basket weaving is a traditional art form that has been reborn among the Wounan women. It  provides a crucial source of income to villagers. They produce baskets of all sizes for all price ranges. The largest will reach the size of an amphora jug, take up to nine months to complete and will sell for $1500. 

The technique is time-consuming. They coil long bundles of fibers and wrapped them with dyed fibers at intervals that create geometric patterns as the basket grows outwards.

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