Balays : an ethnic chic wall basket
These ethnic round baskets were originally used to dry cassava roots which are the staple food of the Cubeo Indians. This species of cassava naturally contains a poison, so the tubers have to go through a whole process, of which drying is the final step, before they can be eaten.
The preparation of this food takes on a ritual character. For this reason, the Balays are decorated with geometric patterns developed according to ancestral precepts. According to these teachings, it is in these trays that the messages of the founding father of the tribe are collected. If the weaving of these objects is particularly tight, it is so that “nothing is lost of this knowledge”.
The face of the tiger, the route of the ant and the spider web are some of the patterns used in the weaving of Balay. In order not to lose the memory of the ancients, weaving keeps alive the knowledge of the symbols transmitted from generation to generation.