The Nukak basket is made by the Culeo and Nukak indigenous groups, who are a part of the Maku tribe.
The Maku tribe is one of the last Colombian Amazonian nomadic tribe.
They were first met in 1988. The Nukak tribe appeared accidentally in a village of the middle of the Amazonia.
The Maku tribe has little contact with the occidental world and still live in an ancestral way. They live off the land. Hunting, fishing and collecting some roots, fruits and vegetables.
Due to their culture and way of life, the Maku have an intimate relationship with the forest.
However, their wishes are to remain in their ancestral land and maintain their way of life in complete harmony with the surrounding forest.
They traditionally use these baskets for the transport of manioc roots.
The Nukak basket is made with the Yaré liana.
The Yaré liana (Heteropsis flexuasa) is a plant that has roots growing a length between 3 to 23 meters. These roll up around the trunks of big trees and the roots hang down.
The Yaré liana is used for interweaving and to build structure. It is a very strong plant and a high quality and raw material.
Each basket is handmade what makes it unique and is the reflection of the ancestral Nukak savoir-faire.