Éritaj Kontré is born from an « unexpected collision » between Faïencerie Georges in Nevers (France), whose heritage lies in the hand-made decoration on raw enamel, and basket weaver Gérard Ako, who weaves objects from coconut palms in Guadeloupe (French West Indies).
By combining these two forms of savoir-faire, dach&zephir creates a new shared story about french handcraft, and a new rise to traditions that seem to fade away in our society.
The original decors of Nevers earthenware — representing French bourgeoisie scenes or chinoiserie — are substituted by Caribbean life scenes about the economy of coconut in Guadeloupe. Those modest images — taken from old postcards and daily scenes — speak about another part of the French History in the West Indies, that has to exist when we speak about an idea of « French culture ».
The result is a collection of three pieces including the Éritaj Kontré bell.
This piece uses the capacity of basketry techniques to hold up a classic Faïencerie Georges’s plate. The drawing is made by hand with the famous « bleu de Nevers » (blue of Nevers) and small details in a gold enamel.