From the Alma-Raíz Collection, Maria Fernanda proposes in the Kwasáwa Series | Borari, the rescue of the indigenous ancestry of the artisans of the community of Urucureá, in Pará, Brazil, through pottery and straw. Surprised by the little information that the artisans had about their ancestors and the origin of the straw braiding technique that they use in their work, the project developed recovers the value of the lives and the importance of their ancestors through the traditional crafts of the Borari ethnic group, almost nonexistent these days: pottery. The result of this was the re-reading in the straw of the shapes molded in the clay. Each piece has a shape and each artisan produced a piece, in a form of homage to the Borari ethnic group and their own ethnic groups, whatever they may be. The project's name, Kwasáwa, means “knowledge” in the Nheengatu indigenous language.
Borari Crafts Culture and Arapiuns River Braided Tradition
2019 | Two Chronicles exhibition | A CASA Museum | São Paulo, SP - Brazil 2020 | Social Entrepreneurship - Local Identity and Knowledge | WIPO | Genève - Switzerland