Dimensions: 32cm (H) x 120cm (W) x 120cm (D) / 12.6" (H) x 47.2" (W) x 47.2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
A tribute to Mehinako women.
All Mehinako traditions move me. The exchange system called Moitará, through which exchanges between villages are made, allows women to purchase ceramic pieces that are placed over the fire to prepare the typical food, the cassava beiju. This moment was also revered at Mesa Beiju, carved in solid cabreuva and balanced on bricks made also of wood, paying homage to the work of women, not only in food, but also in the elaboration of tiny beads necklaces used in their rituals.
Materials – Cabreuva solid wood and details of red beaded necklaces traditionally used in rituals, made by Kayanaku Aweti, Kaupüna village, in Xingu Indigenous Territory, MT.
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Hometown: São Paulo
Based in: São Paulo
Born and raised in Brazil, undergraduate in business administration, interior design and furniture design.
Yankatu was born out of my desire to translate the essence of Brazilian identity through art and a unique and timeless design. My work consists of immersions in communities throughout Brazil, studying aspects rooted in culture and manual labor and rescuing lost techniques, reorganizing and helping to improve the activities of these people for the development of a joint work whose focus is the valorization of Brazilian culture and crafts.
Yankatu's pieces have ALMA ("soul", in english), through the relationships established during the projects, and through a notebook that accompanies each piece, where inspirations, immersion images and part of the stories of the artisans involved and their regions are shared. Some pages are left blank, in an invitation for the story to continue being told and passed on from generation to generation.
Transmitting knowledge is an act of preserving our memory.
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