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Galería Atotonilco Introduces the World’s Finest Baskets

Selecting Baaskets Lighter

By Susan Page

The baskets of the Wounaan indigenous tribe of the Darién jungle in Panama and Colombia—widely considered the finest and most beautiful baskets in the world—have never been exhibited in Mexico. That is, until now.

Galeria Atotonilco owners Mayer Shacter and Susan Page have just returned from Colombia and Panama, where they were able to purchase a large number of these extraordinary baskets directly from the artists themselves.

These vibrant and intricate baskets are the result of ancient weaving traditions passed through generations of the indigenous peoples of the Darién rainforest. Because of their dazzling designs and extraordinary technique, these baskets have gained international fame for their intricacy and beauty. They are highly regarded by collectors.

Originally designed purely for the practical uses of storage or transport, the Wounaan baskets have evolved into revered works of art. The weavers take their inspiration from the exotic plant and animal life that surrounds them in the Darién rainforest and the geometric patterns of pre-Colombian body painting, as well as ancient Colombian pottery designs. They use needles to sew fibers from the native Chunga and Naguala palms. The most intricate baskets can take months or even years to complete and include an impressive range of colors derived from local seeds, roots, berries, fruits, flowers, leaves, and other native flora.

The Gallery

Galeria Atotonilco is located in a beautiful country setting five miles north of town with 6,000 square feet of exhibition space. The collection includes a huge variety of folk art and textiles from all over Mexico, historic photographs, and a large selection of country antiques.

Celebrate the New Year by taking time to view Trip Advisor’s #1 shopping destination in San Miguel. The open house takes place Saturday and Sunday, December 30 and 31, noon to 5pm each day. Directions to the gallery are in our ad in this issue. 185-2225.

Opening of Gustavo Pérez Show on January 6 and 7

Galeria Atotonilco is holding a second open house on January 6 and 7 to open an exhibition of pottery by the finest contemporary ceramic artist in Mexico, Gustavo Pérez. Pérez’s work has been exhibited all over the world—from New York and Los Angeles to Europe and Asia. This show is the gallery’s fifth annual exhibition of his work, personally curated by Mayer Shacter from Pérez’s most recent firings, and will include many new, never-before-seen pieces as well as some of Perez’s classic earlier pieces. Pérez will be present at the opening.


Art Opening

Wounaan Baskets from Colombia and Panama

Sat and Sun, Dec 30 and 31, Noon–5pm

Galería Atotonilco

Directions to the gallery in our ad in this issue





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