Ojitos Wall Decoration 80 cm

€1,186.00*

Colour
Quantity
1
Delivery up to 40 days
Product number: 00AWAC80-1

Diameter: 800 mm

Material
100 % natural fique agave, handwoven

Care instructions
Protect from damp conditions and only use indoors. Clean with a slightly damp cloth, do not use any chemical cleaning products. To protect the colours, avoid exposing the product to direct sunlight over long periods. The fibres are heat and fire-resistant

The Ojitos are mesmerising wall decorations honouring Colombia’s beauty and ancient crafts with an abstract motif designed by Mae Engelgeer. The Dutch designer translated the varied landscapes of the large Huila region into intriguing circular patterns. Its colour compositions are inspired by the diverse nature of Colombia, with its rocky mountains, sandy deserts, lush rainforests and big rivers. Using fibres from the leaves of the fique palm, artisans make each piece by hand using traditional techniques. The result is a piece of art that will elevate every space – not only with its extraordinary textures and colour combinations, but also the eye-catching size of up to 130 centimeters. “Colombia is full of treasures'', says Mae Engelgeer. “It has such diverse folklore, which I want to honour with these pieces. The Ojitos represent the colours of the country’s diverse landscapes but are also a nod to local amulets used by ancient Colombian cultures to protect their houses. I saw the hand-woven objects ames already makes with similar techniques and wanted to really focus on the materials, creating wall pieces showing off the beauty of the craft. To me, they feel like wall jewels.”
The methods the artesanos and artesanas – as the craftspeople are called in Colombia – use for the Ojitos have their roots in the traditional techniques for making baskets. Our partner ateliers are located in Boyaca, an Andes region, where these crafts have been used for centuries, and there’s particular respect for these skills. Local, multi-generational families work on each piece, using the knowledge passed down to them from their ancestors. They work with very thin strands of natural fibres made from the leaves of succulent plants locally known as fique. These yarns are wrapped around bundles of straw to create the circles. The dyes used on the fibres have primarily natural ingredients, such as nuts, roots and bark from trees, all native to the region. Each colour combination and pattern requires a different intricate technique, which ames had to develop in partnership with the artesanos over months until the desired quality was achieved. The preparation of the fibres alone takes one week, while the actual crafting of one wall decoration takes up to 45 days
Dutch designer Mae Engelgeer felt always drawn to textiles – from her school days through her studies at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute to her Masters in applied art at the Sandberg Instituut. Since opening her studio in 2013, she has been driven by her interest in traditional craft techniques. Using yarns, colours, patterns and fabrics, she pushes the boundaries of textile production to adapt old techniques for the modern day. Mae Engelgeer’s signature style combines subtle colour palettes, patterns and linear elements

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