Travel Stock Photo: ID # PAEWED061

Copyright : Jean-Philippe Soule
 

Title:

Embera Drua, Chagres River, Panama.

Caption:

Canasta (Chunga fiber basket) weaving.
The weaving fiber is extracted from a palm called chunga. It is the work of men to collect the chunga. People go into the jungle in search of palm trees. Finding them is the easy part. The difficulty lies in getting the fibers from the top of the palm. The tree trunks are protected by a thick layer of five-inch long thorns. To get at the top, they cut down a different tree, lean the log up against the palm and a designated climber scales it like a ladder to reach the palms fronds which he cuts with a machete. Once the palms are cut, men remove the leaves from each stalk and stack them together. Women then strip the spiny edges off to extract the weaving fiber. The fibers must be peeled away in thin strips for weaving. For this they hold one end between their toes and peel off the outside edge. The fiber is then dried and later colored with natural dyes.

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Country: Panama   /   Village: Embera Drua

 

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Themes & Categories:

Indigenous Cultures - Embera & Wounan

Destinations - Panama
 

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