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Woven Chupon Bag

Woven Chupon Bag

Prima de Sur

Regular price $65.00 USD
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Since ancient times, Mapuche indigenous artisans have woven the pilwa. Pilwas are made using a plant known as chupon, one of nature’s sturdiest materials. This style of bag is traditionally used to carry the harvest of shellfish and potatoes. We love to use them to head to the farmers market or beach or as decor.

Maria and Sandra are the indigenous women who wove these bags and whom Prima de Sur works with in close connection. They both cultivate the chupon in native forests during the first winter rain. After cleaning, drying, and splitting the fiber, separating the leaf into strands with a wooden comb with nail teeth, they twist it until they get a rope capable of resisting up to 44 pounds, with which they weave pilwa of various shapes and sizes: traditional, round, or triangle. 98 feet of rope and five hours of weaving are required to finish one pilwa. 

Made from organic chupon plant
Measures 35 x 42 cm

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