Craftsmanship is culture. It is born full of meanings, of whys. It reflects part of our history. It lives in harmony with nature around it. It translates feelings and emotions.
Through a careful observation, full of respect and admiration, every day I understand a little more about this fascinating universe and the incredible artists that translate it through their hands.
The Alma-Raíz collection is born from my ever-deepening research of Brazilian identity. Tucumã straws, a palm typical of the Amazon Forest, receives natural dyeing with pigments also found in the region as caapiranga, margarataia, crajiru, jenipapo and urucum. Indigenous ancestry that crosses generations and today flows gracefully through the hands of Urucureá artisans, who braid the straw on the banks of the Arapiuns River, in Pará.
Benches and tables, like drums that resound stories, perpetuate what pulses Brazilian land. Made of Cabreúva wood and tucumã straw, they overflow Amazon rainforest’s colors and strength.
Naturally dyed straw have unique characteristics that never repeat. Due to this process the colors fade more easily than the industrial one, this is not considered a defect, it’s a way for it to tell its own story. At the time of ordering you should check what options are available.
The dyeing of the straws is done by artisans of Urucureá riverside community, who also braided the straws creating traditional prints from Arapiuns river region.
Tucumã straw from Urucureá Community, in Pará - Brazil Wood work from Totalmade, Jaú, SP - Brazil
Tricot work from Susana Fernandez, São Paulo, SP - Brazil