THE NATIVE SOUTH AMERICAN Indians known as the Salasaca tightly weave these baskets or bags. This is a stunning addition to your collection or possibly your wardrobe. This basket was woven in the Ecuadorian Andes by a member of the Salasaca Indians tribe. These baskets have been woven traditionally for centuries and originally were used to carry goods, foods, clothing, water and so on to villages, markets or gatherings. Early on the weavers started adding figures (both spiritual and realistic) to their bags as a form of respect for the creatures that surround them daily in the Andes. The basket is bucket or cylinder shaped and has long braided straps which allow it to be carried over your shoulder or hung. The straps are not draw string, they are sewn on, but if you wish to carry it as a purse it is easy to slide a large bead or interesting buckle over the straps and slide it to the top of the bag to close it. I used one in the 70's this way (my hippy days).
The basket is woven as tight as a piece of fabric. The weavers strip smooth fibers from the cabuya leaf, then dye the leaves, then weave (a type of loop technique) the designs they see in their minds. Many say these baskets are as strong as the finest canvas.
SIZE: 8" Diameter and 8" Tall
CONDITION: Excellent! I have stuffed it with new, clean polyester fill (doesn't draw buys) to give it shape. The straps have a few wild strands, but they are normal. No holes, rips or odors of any type. NOTE! Just reviewed my item photograph, the red shown at the bottom of the basket (like a fade) is not there. I photographed it on red and Ruby's processing couldn't cut around the red close enough, please view all the photographs, you will see it is just the background. It is a reflection. Thanks!
We collected this bag in Ecuador in the 1980's and it has been in our collection through the years. I just did a quick search for other similar bags on line and found only one, perhaps like many cultures they don't weave them anymore. Plastic and ready made bags are so much easier than spending hours and days making one.
Thank you for your interest! We welcome questions! We pack our baskets carefully! If I overcharge for the shipping I will reimburse you.
South American Ecuador Woven Shigra Basket
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