Posts by Alice Layton

The Place: Rupununi, Guyana

Everything WABBANI makes grows out of the deep connection to the lands and waters that characterizes local life. Each lovely thing is an act of appreciation for the natural world and the human opportunity to fashion something from it. What makes the Rupununi region special in ecological terms is that it lies at the nexus…

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The Products: panels

  The panels are made from a bamboo-like reed that grows very tall and abundant in several species, known locally as “mukru” (moo-kroo). Access to plastic bags, basins and buckets has accelerated the decline of basketry skills within households. It’s rare to meet a skilled                     …

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The People

Yupukari and the surrounding communities of Quatata, Fly Hill, Kaicumbay and Katoka, from which our first group of artisans are drawn, are Macushi (indigenous) villages in the Rupununi region of Guyana, South America. People generally live in houses like the one above, and subsist as fishers, farmers and hunters. Many families have members working outside…

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