1970.78.10.9.0013 (Chambira)

1970.78.10.9.0013 (Chambira) image

Piece of chambira (rafia) and cord made from it. Chambira is a strong fiber harvested from the crown shaft of the canopy palm tree Astrocaryum chambira. It is commonly used in Central and South America to make string, rope, hammocks, bags, and other various craft items. Indigenous peoples twist the fibers into strings which are then woven into ropes and other objects. This sample of the chambira is from the Cashinahua area. This comes from 1970.78.10.9.0001 to show what the middle of the process looks like- it was taken from the sixth slot.