Niga Open Weave Basket


Origin : Indigenous community of Ismuina, Caquetá-Solano, Colombia

Technique : basket weaving

Materials : bejuco yaré (vine) and cumare

Approximate dimensions : black - 13 1/2" d x 10" h

                                                 natural - 13 1/4" d x 13 3/4" h

                                                 rust - 15 1/4" d x 13 1/4" h                                         

The Open Weave Niga baskets are woven in the same technique as the traditional Ismuina carry-on basket. We love the special touch of the cumare detail along the edge. We often find ourselves using them for magazines, as a laundry basket, to place towels by the pool or a beautiful paper bin!

The Association Basket of Abundance Moniya Kirigai was created by 8-members of the Ismuina community. Led by Nancy Vargas, the association is dedicated to the fine art of basket weaving under the brand name Niga. Besides producing for the everyday work of the community, they also produce these baskets for wider commercial distribution.  Located near the southern frontier with Ecuador, Niga weavers are devoted to passing on their craftsmanship and knowledge to younger members of the community in order to continue to strengthen their weaving traditions and increasing the economic importance of their production in the region. 

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