Origin : Ayapel, Córdoba, Colombia
Technique : basket weaving
Materials : seje palm
Approximate dimensions : 18 1/4” l x 7 1/2 w x 4 3/4” h
The 3-compartment Seje woven basket can serve many functions, whether placed within a drawer or closet, on a shelf or upon a table. It is a practical and beautiful storage container that we of course love seeing on top of our kitchen counter.
Don Alcides and his wife Adriana run the small workshop of Artesol, located in the vicinity of the natural reserve of Ayapel, close to Colombia's Caribbean coast. Alongside their children and other members of the community, they are dedicated to the creation of products in seje palm, a sturdy material that is extracted from the very top of these tall tropical palm trees.
This technique first caught our attention because of the way the dry cuttings of hard seje palm are tied together to create this unique and distinctive style of basket weave.