Joias is the result of a residency of three Belgian designers and one Belgian curator who shared for three weeks life and work in a cute pink house in Santa Isabel, an island in the magisterial setting of the Brazilian Delta do Parnaíba.
Delta do Parnaíba
The Delta of Parnaíba is one of the three largest deltas in the world. Like the Nile and the Mekong River it has a unique ecosystem. Parnaíba is the entrance to this natural paradise.
Tree of life
The Carnaúba palm is also known as the ‘tree of life’. If you get to know the endless applications of the different parts of the palm, you immediately understand this nickname. Even in periods of drought, the tree survives without problems.
The tree plays an important economic role in the North-East of Brazil. That’s why it appears on the flag of the states Rio Grande do Norte and Ceará. The most important economic uses are the powder to make the wax and the shredded straw – a bagana – that is used for the fertilisation and cooling of the ground of new plantations. Thanks to this protection the ground stays humid – even during the six dry summer months – and the temperature is more balanced, but it also protects the plants to heavy rainfalls.
From tree to object
Sun dried fibres of the Carnaúba tree form the basics to create high quality crafted objects. The fibres can be dyed or used naturally. Different techniques, handlings and processing result in an endless amount of both functional and decorative objects. The natural fibres of the palm tree are connected to each other using techniques such as ‘ponto aberto’ and ‘ponto fechado’ without the addition of other materials.
Our ‘joias’ are the fruit of a co-creation process between the artisans of Santa Isabel do Parnaíba and three Belgian designers. They are inspired by this overwhelming environment, and they are made out of the sun-dried fibres of the Carnaúba tree. In the six Joias collections the artistic concepts of the designers beautifully merge with the diverse craft techniques of the artisans.
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