Halo Pendant – Handmade In Brazil With Cabreúva Wood And Feathers

by YANKATU Brazil

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Indirect light luminaire made in recycled peroba wood with intertwined feather flowers, providing soft lighting. Suspended by steel cables, the luminaire floats delicately in the air.

Inspired by the feather headbands traditionally used by the Pataxó indigenous women in their festivities and rituals. The feathers’ flowers that adorn the Halo luminaire were handmade by Txahamehé Pataxó, a young woman whose name n the indigenous language Patxohâ means flower of love, nothing more appropriate for her, who creates beautiful flowers with chicken feathers that she collects from the village lands.

We are all children of the Earth, wise words from indigenous leader Arassari Pataxó, who guided the steps of designer and artist Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros through the territory of his people, in southern Bahia. A deep dive into centuries of stories that are intertwined with the history of Brazil. Stories passed orally that keep alive, till today, the emotions felt by a people who resisted and whose strength, courage and generosity are intrinsic characteristics.

This is part of Yankatu’s Sons of Earth collection. To create them Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros researched the Pataxó indigenous traditions and went through numerous immersions with the local artisans of Barra Velha Village, in the south of Bahia, Brazil.

As all the pieces produced by Yankatu, it is accompanied by its soul, a certificate of authenticity in the form of a small book that tells about the inspiration that gave birth to it and leaves blank pages so that its story can continue to be told by those who acquire it, turning it into something more, which does not change with fashion, which does not go by with time. To the contrary, it will move on from a generation to another, from hand to hand, each time with more stories to tell, each time incorporating the lives shared by it.

Brazilian Contemporary and Collectible Design by Yankatu, design + art with Brazilian soul.

Natural materials have unique characteristics that make each piece exclusive. They may also vary depending on changes in climate, exposure to the sunlight and water. These are not considered defects.

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With a degree in business administration and interior design, Maria Fernanda has worked in the field for over 20 years. She migrated to furniture design in 2014, creating Yankatu, a design studio through which she carries out projects with social impact alongside Brazilian artisans. The encounter with the art world happened naturally in 2020 when the search for the appreciation of Brazilian artisans and their knowledge generates a growing discomfort regarding invisibility and lack of knowledge about the reality of Brazilian cultural traditions. Her work is based on relationships that go beyond the gaze and are established on mutual trust and admiration. Her production spans a long timelessness and also a continuity, resulting from the privilege and fluidity of the otherness of established relationships. It is in the power of art that she finds the way to share her learning, activate the gaze and listening of others, seeking to generate in them the same discomfort she feels and, in this way, encourage them to act. It is through a relational aesthetic that she aims to join forces because the reaction of the other, the spectator, is essential for the realization of her art, which does not end with the created object but rather expands into the immaterial and impalpable field. Her works involves various materials without settling on anyone, despite her familiarity with solid wood. It goes from clay to feathers with the same lightness that conveys strong messages in a poetic way.
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