Awajún Tukup Bag Large

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Handwoven from Aguaje Fibre
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The Awajún or Aguaruna, are an indigenous people located in the northern part of the Peruvian Amazon. Their traditional two-piece Tukup basket bags are used to transport delicate objects and are usually made from tamshi fibre, which is usually substituted by other fibres as it is not available in all territories. In this case, this Tukup is made from aguaje fibre, Mauritia flexuosa, a plam tree that grows in and near swamps and other wet areas in tropical South America.

Dimensions (approximate): 25cm x 24cm, strap drop 50cm

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Awajún

In the Awajún universe, producing art is the product of a dynamic relationship between knowledge, ritual, and mythical narration. In their worldview, there are three powerful beings: Nugkui (spirit of the earth), Etsa (spirit of the forest) and Tsuqki (spirit of the water).

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CERAMICS

In the Awajún universe, producing pottery is the product of a dynamic relationship between knowledge, ritual, and mythical narration. Women have extensive knowledge of the elements that are available in the jungle and comply with certain restrictions for extracting materials. Central to this process is the Awajún relationship with Nugkui (Mother of the Earth), who taught the Awajún women to live in harmony with nature, knowledge to sow, and to care for plants and seeds.

In February 2017, the Awajún and their knowledge about ceramics was declared a Cultural Patrimony of the Nation.

Sample of designs drawn on Awajún vessels from 'Cerámica Tradicional Awajún -Ministerio de Cultura'

The designs painted on the ceramics normally have some type of geometric pattern that reflect elements found in nature such as attributes of animals, plants, fish, and leaves. These patterns can also be seen and manifested into a design during the use of medicinal plants.

JEWELRY

The unique handcrafted pieces of Awajún jewelry are made of different types of seeds such as kumpia, wayampai, chichao, huayruru, and tuju, and are gathered by Awajún women. The different size seeds accommodate the different patterns being replicated in the jewelry, some more intricate than others.  The majority of these pieces are necklaces or bracelets.

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