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.