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Inspired by the music and dance genre that was born in Pará which mixes Portuguese and African elements, Maria Fernanda presents the Carimbó series, pieces that mix techniques from three different regions and that have already been present in her professional journey in previous collections.
In this line, the designer pays homage to these activities through new readings, merging what she has learned and experienced during her immersions in Brazil.
“There are so many artisans around the country, why not add them up? Exchanging information, telling stories, sharing knowledge, understanding that we are all the same, regardless of color, gender or belief is essential for cultural enrichment and for society itself. ” – Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros
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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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