The Tribe

MAYAN

The Mayan civilization are based in Guatemala and sides of mexico and Belize. 

This amazing tribe weave the most unique fabric with backstrap loom   called huipiles and with the foot loom called cortes. Also they weaved amazing belt with the belt loom in  a smaller version. 

This women manage different craft in each village , also beading work,  embroidery  ad basketing. 

Each piece is weaved for be weared and during this  time they weave another one ( 1 month about ) after they can  sell the one weared  for supporting them family and children. 

This tradition go through mothers and daughters like a thread in the loom keep regenerating generation after generation. 

Mayan also practice Natural dyes colorant and spinning fibers like organic cotton Ixcaco or wool. 

Usually the weave patterns, glyphs, geometric shapes, plants and flowers and in each town or department colors and sharpe are different. Weaving fine clothing was the purview of noble women

Beautiful woven fabric was both an artistic expression and a source of wealth, often given as tribute to rulers.

Noble girls were taught to use the backstrap loom and to spin thread with whorls for making gauzy cotton and brocaded fabrics.

GUNA

The Guna, also known as Kuna or Cuna, are an indigenous people of Panama and Colombia.

They live in kuna Yala and 100 years ago they became independent of the Panama territory through a revolution. They occupy the island and have their own government, outside of the system.

In Kuna Yala, each community has its own political organization, led by a saila (pronounced "sigh-lah").  

The saila is traditionally both the political and spiritual leader of the community, he memorizes songs which relate the sacred history of the people, and in turn transmits them to the people.

Decisions are made in meetings held in the Onmaked Nega, or Ibeorgun Nega (Congress House or Casa de Congreso), a structure which likewise serves both political and spiritual purposes.

Guna live from them Art "Molas" , agriculture and fishing.

The geometrical Mola drawings are used as protection and were at first tattoos on the body, and were later projected on fabric.

Usually they sew with the techniques of appliqué and reverse appliqué, drawings like labyrinth where bad spirits get lost and cannot penetrate their bodies.

WOUNAAN

The name Embera means "people". The Embera–Wounaan are a semi-nomadic indigenous people in Panama. The women wear brightly colored cloth wrapped at the waist as a skirt. Except when in towns, the women do not cover their torsos, and wear long, straight black hair. The children go naked until puberty, and no one wears shoes. They paint their bodies with a dye made from Genipa americana, this  black dye is thought to repel insects and the designs are known as  Jaguars Tattoos. On special occasions, using this same dye, they print intricate geometric patterns all over their bodies, using wood blocks carved from balsa wood. The women also wear silver necklaces and silver earrings on these special occasions; many of the necklaces being made of old silver coins. They punch a hole in the coin and run a silver chain through it. Many of the coins on these necklaces date to the 19th century and are passed down from mother to daughter. The Embera people use matrilineal descent, practice polygamy and live in family units.

The Embera have their own form of government and live by their own set of unwritten rules.  They avoid relying on the Panamanian Police or any other branch of the Panamanian or Colombian governments.Health care is primarily provided by trained  shamans. The land is community owned and community farmed.

Everyone in the village pitches in to work at harvest time, If one hunter gets a larger animal, everybody in the village shares the meat.

THE FOUNDER & DESIGNER

ARTIST

SILVIA ZAMPROGNA aka SELVA

Selva Bhairavi

THE TEAM

ELENA CHIQUIVAL

Elena is a community leader in Santiago Atitlan, administering the CONSORCIO, a 5000 women cooperative focused on improving the right of indigenous women in Guatemala.

Elena has a background in organizing international indigenous peoples conferences, and has helped CONSORCIO acquire grant funding from the European Union and Japanese Embassy.

Consorcio Santiago Atitlan

DANIELA PINTO

Daniela is our  photographer & website curator .

She started loving design when she moved to Italy for her studies.

She later migrated back home in Guatemala where she fell in love again with her culture and colors, she now spends her time designing for conscious projects.

Visual Balance