“Oca” Closet

by YANKATU Brazil

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How is a piece born? Where does inspiration come from? The idea of this piece is to show that nothing is by chance, every detail of a Yankatu work has a raison d’être and that it is born from a construction made by many hands, many stories, many emotions. It is the essence of a feeling, translated into something tangible. It has soul.

The “Oca” Closet welcomes you to Xingu, its traditions, its people. A people that welcomed me and liked the idea of us working together to bring to life pieces that respect their knowledge and value their history. Yaritsu Waura, Kayanaku e Kuyawalu Aweti, Pakuiura, Paipualu, Wayuni e Kuyawalu Mehinako took turns weaving the mat that was incorporated into this piece. They used cotton threads dyed by Mattricaria, from Brasilia, with bark and leaves from trees harvested by Kulilkyrda on the outskirts of the village, creating a Xingu’s color chart. All of that under Maria Fernanda’s attention and coordination so that when it arrives in Sao Paulo she will be able to change the way we used to see it, giving it a privileged place.

It’s a love story and a real story, showing us that it is possible to innovate and maintain tradition at the same time, that it is possible to add without losing the identities of the parties, that we can overcome challenges together and use technology to our advantage to bridge distances when it is not possible to be together.

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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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