The Nukak basket #5 is made by the Culeo and Nukak indigenous groups. They are a part of the Maku tribe.
The Maku tribe is one of the last Colombian Amazonian nomadic tribe.
They were first faced in 1988. The Nukak tribe arise 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 the collect of roots, fruits and vegetables.
Due to their culture and way of life, the Maku tribe has an intimate relationship with the forest. They only wish to remain in their ancestral land and maintain their way of life in complete harmony with the surrounding amazonian forest.
They traditionally use these baskets for the transport of manioc roots.
The Nukak basket #5 is made with the Yaré liana.
The Yaré liana (Heteropsis flexuasa) is a liane that has roots growing a length between 3 to 23 meters long. These roll up onto 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 liane with a high quality and a raw material.
Each basket is a unique handmade piece and it is the reflection of the ancestral Nukak savoir-faire.