Cotton-wrapped cane comb Etnia Pemon Amazonas Venezuela


Aboriginal COMBS

The Amazonian use of combs as decoration may be the result of European influence. The European form, however, has been adapted by indigenous artists. The dark fibers of the body of the comb represent women and the light fibers, men. The entangled design is thus a metaphor for the interaction between the sexes.

Cane wrapped comb

The Panare value the abilities of their artisans. Outstanding persons are recognized for their individual skills. Some women are famous for the quality of their clay bowls.
Basketry is another major art form. Men make all of the baskets and fiber articles, including the eating mats and strainers used in everyday household work and cooking. But everyday basketry is different from the more complicated forms, which can be used in trade. As in the case of pottery, only certain men are skilled at making complex baskets.

The Panare also make wooden dugout and bark canoes, paddles, and bows, jewelry and accessories from nature and they weave hammocks and baby carriers.

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