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Galeria Atotonilco Presents Highly Sought Wounaan Baskets for Sale

GALERA ATOTO

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. They had never been exhibited in México until Galeria Atotonilco introduced them in 2017. These first selection of baskets sold out quickly.

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.

Originally designed purely for the practical uses of storage or transport, these vibrant and intricate baskets—highly regarded by collectors—are made with ancient weaving traditions passed down through generations of indigenous peoples in the Darién rainforest. Wounaan baskets have evolved into revered works of art, gaining international fame for their intricate, dazzling designs and their extraordinary technique.

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 found around them. They include an impressive range of colors derived from local seeds, roots, berries, fruits, and other native flora. Sewn with fibers from the native chunga and naguala palms, the most intricate baskets can take months, or even years, to complete.

The Gallery

Galeria Atotonilco is located in a beautiful country setting five miles north of San Miguel de Allende 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. In May, the gallery owners 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, July 27 and 28, from noon to 5pm both days. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 185 2225 or visit www.galeriaatotonilco.com

 

Art Opening

Galeria Atotonilco

Sat–Sun, Jul 27–28, Noon–5pm

Featuring Colombian Wounaan Baskets

Directions to the gallery on our website

galeriaatotonilco.com

415 153 5365

185 2225

 

 

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