AN ANTIQUE WAI WAI INDIANS BEADED APRON LOOM
The Wai Wai people are an endangered Amerindian tribe who live in the southernmost tropical forest in small remote villages of Guyana and the Brazilian Amazon. According to them the weaving is done by women, starting from the waist of the piece and working away from themselves to them ‘bottom’ of the apron. The loose ends are tied off at the lower edge. Glass beads were made available to indigenours people during the rubber boom of 1880-1920.
Provenance: Philip Goldman, London
Rotan, Wood and vegetable fibre and glass beads, Early 20th Century., 52 x 26 cm
Price: € 550,-