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Embira Bench from Xingu Collection

US$5,460

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A passion for wood, symmetry and flexibility. It is impossible not to fall in love with the "oca" structure under construction in the Kaupüna village, at Xingu Indigenous Territory. The lightness that is counterbalanced by force is impressive. The curvature that the pindaíba's tree trunk , thin and long, allows, the solidity found in the cinnamon tree that permeates the earth to bring security and the incredible embira bark that unites everything, eliminating the use of nails. All raw materials found in the village's surroundings, within sight, had only their uses reviewed, showing that it is always possible to find a new meaning for what is around us and in our life. It is from this way of seeing things that Banco Embira is born, in brown cabreúva, with feet that seem fragile, but support the weight of sitting. The detail is due to the mooring made with cotton threads dyed with embira bark, traditionally used by the Mehinako ethnic group to make the moorings. About the Xingu collection Developed in partnership with Mehinako artisans, in Alto Xingu, a line of products created by Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros arise from the meeting of the past and the future to build a new present It is amazing how vision, after immersive experiences in ancestral cultures, begins to have a greater sensitivity to see new ways of bringing our origin to contemporary world. It is along this path that Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros, artist, researcher and founder of Yankatu, travels. With her soul absorbed by the profound experiences of the places she goes through, Maria Fernanda, in her own way, captures a dose of each learning experience, bringing to surface revelations in form of pieces filled with value, as a manifest for the benefit of Brazilian identity. “Each trip I make, I become humbler, I perceive differences from new angles, relearning to see and understand meanings through the other's place”, explains the artist. For the new Xingu Collection, process could not be different; however, it had unusual circumstances in its development. The collection arose from the encounter between Maria Fernanda and the Mehinako ethnicity, located in the Kaupüna village, in Upper Xingu, south of Amazon Forest, at the end of last year. “Xingu is born from an encounter between past and future, but is established in the present, proposing new ways of looking at tradition, with the respect and admiration that it deserves, while using technology to maintain communication in times of isolation ”, says Maria Fernanda, who, due to new practices since the beginning of pandemic in the world, was unable to return to Kaupüna village to continue the studies and production process. This unprecedented protocol in the dynamics made Maria Fernanda find new ways of interacting with the village artisans. The weaving techniques classes that she would have in loco were transformed into recorded videos and sent over the internet; with the help of Kulikyrda Mehinako, an artist and one of the community representatives, Maria Fernanda developed a new color chart, extracted from leaves and barks of native trees found in the reserve, with the aim of rescuing the full potential of Xingu, counting on Maibe Maroccolo, in Brasília, to extract these shades and make dye pigments to color the cotton threads used on the mats produced by the Kaupüna village’s women. “This project has a special taste, as persistence and creativity united Yankatu and the Kaupüna village in its development, despite the obstacles imposed by reality. The yarns dyed by Mattricaria with the raw material harvested by Kulikyrda arrived here and there and, even at a distance, Mehinako women and I were together weaving a new story: they produce a mat with buriti in the village, and I, in São Paulo, learn from them and also weave a mat with small Cabreuva wood cylinders”, comments Maria Fernanda. To develop the pieces of the collection, Maria Fernanda was inspired by the objects and everyday elements of Mehinako people.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 17.72 in. (45 cm)Width: 55.12 in. (140 cm)Depth: 29.53 in. (75 cm)Seat Height: 17.72 in. (45 cm)
  • Style
    Arts and Crafts (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Cotton,Wood,Woodwork
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    2020
  • Production Type
    New & Custom(One of a Kind)
  • Estimated Production Time
    Available Now
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Sao Paulo, BR
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3188122164502

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About the Maker

Yankatu - design with soul

My motivation comes from my soul and flows openly, on my life and in my work. I love what I do and I do it with intensity, I live every moment and I transmit all this emotion. In each project I immerse myself deeply in the region, in their craft and in the lives of the people who make them, it is a dive governed by research and by my soul, guided by the heart, done with respect and with the rhythm dictated by time. I get transformed and provoke transformations, and these atitudes reflect in the surroundings and beyond. I believe that design and art are one of the ways to value and eternalize the ancestral knowledge of Brazilian traditional crafts and the importance of nature around us, and so I use all tools that I have to create a quilt of infinite possibilities, full of feelings. Through Yankatu I expose not only my work, I bring with me the dreams and works of the artisans and instigate new dreams too. The tangible part of this work are the pieces that intertwine my touch with the lives that share their moments with me. The other part, immeasurable, is in continuous development, in a mixture of art and freedom, with no date to finish. It is a continuous development, in a relationship created around respect and trust. My desire, to be able to do this as long as I live.
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