Kaupüna Swing in Buriti Straw & Solid Wood - With artisans from Brazil

by YANKATU - Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Brazil

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Dimension LxWxH (cm): 30x60x200
Limited Editions Material : Buriti straw, Solid Wood
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A “new indigenous product”, it was with these words that Kulikyrda Mehinako described the “Kaupüna” Swing. Its design rises from the desire to enhance the buriti yarn, made by women who wrap very thin strips of straw around their thighs with quick movements, which they manage to gather after taking a boat down the river to collect material and then put it to dry.

Completely executed in the Kaupüna Village of the Mehinako ethnicity, located in the Xingu Indigenous Reserve, a piece was born that unites the design of a designer from São Paulo, who is passionate about Brazilian handicrafts, and the indigenous handicraft tradition. Representing the artisanal work of women who harvest, clean, and prepare the buriti straw to make the thread with which they weave their traditional nets, and of men who enter the forest to find trees from which to take the wood to create zoomorphic benches adorned with charcoal and annatto-based graphics. It was the first time in Kaupüna village that men and women worked together to create a single piece. Infinite emotion, immeasurable value!

The images in the photos are illustrative, as the creation in the village is free and the designs and color combinations can vary, which makes each swing always unique.

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Weight 12 kg
Dimensions 35 × 70 × 15 cm
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YANKATU - Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros

My motivation comes from my soul and flows openly, on my life and in my work. I love what I do and I do it with intensity, I live every moment and I transmit all this emotion. In each project I immerse myself deeply in the region, in their craft and in the lives of the people who make them, it is a dive governed by research and by my soul, guided by the heart, done with respect and with the rhythm dictated by time. I get transformed and provoke transformations, and these atitudes reflect in the surroundings and beyond. I believe that design and art are one of the ways to value and eternalize the ancestral knowledge of Brazilian traditional crafts and the importance of nature around us, and so I use all tools that I have to create a quilt of infinite possibilities, full of feelings. Through Yankatu I expose not only my work, I bring with me the dreams and works of the artisans and instigate new dreams. The tangible part of this work are the pieces that intertwine my touch with the lives that share their moments with me. The other part, immeasurable, is in continuous development, in a mixture of art and freedom, with no date to finish. It is a continuous development, in a relationship created around respect and trust. My desire, to be able to do this as long as I live.

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Presenting “PROXIMITY”, a collection created in collaboration with Southern Sweden Design Days showcasing a selection of new work from ten designers and studios. As a whole, the collection contemplates the notion of proximity, interconnection, and belonging. Whether through contemporary references to traditional crafts techniques; the use of locally sourced materials such as wool, lichen, steel, and wood; or playful visualisations of the notion itself, the selected pieces illustrate the importance of closeness, interconnection, and kinship in uncertain times. Featuring pieces by Andrea Santivanez, Andréason & Leibel, Ebba Lindgren, Förstberg Ling, Jóna Berglind Stefánsdóttir, Lab La Bla, Lisa Darland, Louise Hederström, Moa Lönn, and Studio M. Organised by Form/Design Center in Malmö, Sweden, Southern Sweden Design Days is an annual event currently in its second edition, which highlights sustainability, collaboration, development, and innovation in design. This year’s theme, as described by the event organisers, “[reflects] on the notion of being close – the connection between people, cities, countries, species, professions, etc”. The physical exhibition of “PROXIMITY” will take place at Lokstallarna, Södra Bulltoftavägen 51, 212 22 Malmö from 19 - 22 May 2022.