The Ceramic from Botoșani is known for their joyful figurative designs in tricolor with green, yellow and brown. Botoșani is the capital of Botoșani County, in the northern part of Moldavia, Romania, 60 kilometers away from the ukrainian border. The ceramic is in the same tradition as the pottery from nearby Kosiv, the Huzul capital, in Ukraine. The plot motif of the ceramic from Botoșani expresses the history, life, folklore, traditional customs and surrounding flora and fauna. The decor is carved into the dried, but not yet burnt, engobe glaze with the help of the “sgrafitto” technique. There are many farmers and lovers on the plates bowls and pots, but also pub owners, weavers and shepherds. The green color symbolizes the forest, yellow the sun, brown the mother earth and white stands for purity.
The art and tradition of weaving mats called Rara in the Philippines. One of the end-products of Rara is Banig, literally means mat in English. The handwoven mats made from dried seagrass leaves and used primarily as a sleeping mat or floor mat. The working process is very time consuming. After harvesting the Tikog Grass, the leaves are dried for a couple of days, then they get dyed and cut into strips. The mats are woven by hand and the patterns are embroidered, even by hand, on the finished woven mat.
Market bags are essential items in a woman’s wardrobe in Guatemala. The modern versions of this traditional bags are woven by hand with recycled plastic strips, most of them with fancy color combinations. Basketry is maybe the most important crafts in Guatemala to produce funktional objects for everyday life. Since the 20th century natural materials such as palm weaves, grass and reads have been increasingly replaces by recycled plastic strips. They are more durable, can carry more weight and are easier to get. Not to mention their beautiful colours. A bag like this will give you many years of pleasure.
Backstrap looms have been used by the Maya for more than 3000 years. It is still used on a daily basis by Mayan women to make clothing and household textiles. It is a simple loom in which the weaver’s body weight provides the tension on the warp threads by means of a belt around the weaver’s back. In mayan tradtion there are two types, simple backstrap weaving and brocade weaving. The colors and design in simple backstrap weaving are created through the thread attached to the loom. With Brocade weaving creates textiles that look more embroidery-like. The brocade of San Antonino Aguas Calientes is set apart being reversible, the inside looking the same as the outside.
In the early 16th century, when the Maya greeted the Spaniards friendly, they do not suspect how much misfortune would bring them these visitors. More than 500 years and many colonial crimes later, however, have preserved their cordiality towards foreign visitors. Many still wear their traditional clothes in everyday life, for which some tourists would give up their new Balenciaga dress without batting an eye. Most of the Huipils, the most common traditional garment in Guatemala are made on a backstrap loom. According to Quiche tradition, the art of weaving comes from the moon goddess Ixchel, and she is often represented as the Cosmic Weaver, seated in a backstrap loom.
These handmade bags made of colourful plastic stripe are maybe one of the most successful products in Mexico. Probably every woman in the country has at least one. The iconic baskets are everywhere specially at the markets and on the streets. The Basketry of Mexico has its origins far into the pre Hispanic period, it’s on of Mesoamerica’s oldest crafts, specially products for the daily use like the transport of wares. Nowadays the bags are traditionally made by prisoners, to earn some money for their familiy. This job opportunity based on a government initiative that began in the early 20th century, to learn an artisan skill in order to provide a small income. The prision give only permission, they do not support the business nor provide the material.
Miniature Christmas trees made with rhinestones from the Czech Jablonec nad Nisou, bring shine to the smallest hut. The place is located in Bohemia, a region where glass jewelry and glass beads have been produced for centuries and whose production temporarily accounted for half of the world’s production of glass beads. Bangles were delivered to India, glass beads to Africa and small rocaille beads to the Native Americans in North America. Even today, the region still produces beautiful glassware, such as these trees.