Astrocaryum

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Catalog # Name Description
1 1970.78.10.9.0001 Chambira 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 is a sampling that shows the progression of natural chambira to chambira rope with the natural on the proper right and the twisted rope on the proper left. Cardboard sheet has thirteen triangles cut out of the top to allow the wrapping of chambira around for storage. The sixth one is empty and the sheet has "MAAS BROTHERS" in the center. 1970.78.10.9.0001 (Chambira) image
2 1970.78.10.9.0013 Chambira 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. 1970.78.10.9.0013 (Chambira) image
3 1970.78.11.0019 Bag Machiguengan handwoven bag made of chambira. The handle is woven with a dark brown geometrical design. Most likely used to carry resources in.
4 1970.78.11.17 Necklace Four double strands, seeds and nuts. Seeds are mostly black, except for two white ones connected to each pod. The shells are hollowed out to create a jingle when worn. Seeds and nut shells are woven and tied onto chambira, a natural palm fiber that is native to the Amazon Rainforest, string that is woven and tied at the back of the neck.
5 1970.78.16.1 Necklace Brown seed necklace with seven pendants of birds carved from nut shells. The string is made from Chambira, a natural palm fiber found in the Amazon Rainforest near the Ticuna.
6 1970.78.16.2 Necklace Mottled gray and white seeds form the band of the necklace with 7 pendants of birds carved from nut shells. The string of the necklace is made from Chambira, a natural palm fiber found in the Amazon Rainforest near the Ticuna.
7 1970.78.17.4 Bag Handwoven dyed fiber with three green and maroon horizontal bands. This is made from palm fibers native to the Amazon Rainforest, probably Chambira, by women in the Ticuan culture. This was used to collect things in the field and worn with the strap around the head and the bag hanging down the back.