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Galeria Atotonilco Presents the World’s Finest Baskets



By Susan Page

Baskets created by the Wounaan indigenous tribe, who live in the coastal jungle in Colombia, are widely considered to be the finest and most beautiful baskets in the world.

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

They had never been exhibited in México until Galeria Atotonilco introduced them in 2017. The first selection of baskets sold out quickly, but luckily, Galeria Atotonilco owners Mayer Shacter and Susan Page have just returned from Colombia, where they were able to purchase a second group of these extraordinary baskets directly from the artists themselves. They are now available for sale at Galeria Atotonilco.

Originally designed purely for the practical uses of storage or transportation, the Wounaan baskets have evolved into revered works of art. The weavers take their inspiration from the nature that surrounds them and the geometric patterns of pre-Colombian body painting. They also incorporate ancient Colombian pottery designs and the exotic plant and animal life in the Darién rainforest. 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. They 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 México and Guatemala, historic photographs, and a large selection of country antiques. This is the first open house the gallery has held since Schacter and Page returned from their annual buying trip throughout México. In addition to new woodcarvings from Oaxaca and new pottery from Chiapas, they returned with a large selection of exquisite textiles from Guatemala and have expanded the textile section of the gallery.

Everyone is welcome to the gallery’s open house on Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30, from noon to 5pm on both days. Refreshments will be served.

Call 185-2225 for more information or go to



Galeria Atotonilco

Open House


Wounaan Baskets from Colombia

Sat and Sun, Jun 29 and 30, noon–5pm

Directions to the gallery on our website

415 153 5365

185 2225


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