I arrived in Iquitos last Monday and left for the village of Chino on the Tahuayo River on Tuesday. During my visit at this time last year, the village was completely flooded - a normal event during the rainy season - but this has been a particularly dry season so far. It was great to meet with the artisans again and discuss ideas for new crafts they could make for the Center for Amazon Community Ecology to sell at our new online store (www.amazonforeststore.org). While they have a nice new house to meet, work and display their crafts to visitors (built with support from Amazon Expeditions and CACE), the eco-tourism lodge upriver has had relatively few guests to bring by to buy their crafts in the past four months. We are going to try and help them improve their marketing by producing photos of the artisans they can put in their center, develop their brand based on their association name (Manos Amazonicas = Amazon Hands), and include them in the second Artisan Leadership Program workshop we will hold at the end of March. More about my visit to Chino tomorrow.
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Catalog of bird crafts made by artisans from the communities of the Marañon basin in Peru. You can see more in our online store: https://amazon-forest-store2.myshopify.com/
At the same time, if you are interested in buying any of these crafts do not hesitate to leave us a message.
GREEN ANACONDA AMAZON GUITAR STRAP - HAND-MADE AND FAIR TRADE This unique fair-trade Amazon Guitar Strap was hand-made by Bora native artisan Monica Chichaco from the village of Brillo Nuevo from comfortable, sturdy and flexible chambira palm fiber. It has a high-quality brass-plated buckle so its length can be adjusted to fit the guitarist with any folk or electric guitar.
Available in black, dark brown and green from the Amazon Forest Store at: https://amazon-forest-store2.myshopify.com/products/fair-trade-hand-made-guitar-strap-anaconda-gs01?variant=8139898159204
This is a great strap for musicians to show their appreciation and support for native culture and the environment. The Anaconda model is based on a traditional Bora pattern of this large snake that lives in the rivers and forest of the Amazon. Each strap comes with a tag listing the artisan's name and community and the plants they used to make it. Sales help create a sustainable livelihood for artisan families and support health, education and conservation in their communities.