TARAHUMARA Pineneedle Baskets - The baskets we sell are purchased directly from the native women artists who make them under fair trade gudelines. Wholesale prices, shipping extra.
The Tarahumara Indians
The Tarahumara Indians are believed to have migrated from South West Arizona to their present location in the Copper Canyon National Park region. The women of Divisidero and surrounding area have developed a unique art form of weaving double-walled Ponderosa Pine needle and Yucca cactus leaf baskets. Because of the heavy mineralization of the canyon's soils, some pine trees have developed coloured needles ranging from red, through pink and orange, to purple, blue and black, as well as the common variations of green. The women use this natural variety of colours to accent their designs. Some of the women live in cave side villages down in the canyon below Divisidero and come up to the train station market to sell their wares.
50% of all proceeds from basic sales go directly to the women artists.
I practice Fair Trade giudelines in the purchase of all baskets.
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Alan Atkins, #230, 1000 Parker Street, Vancouver, B.C. Canada. V6A 2H2 Phone: 604 255 7789
"I found the baskets well made, reasonably priced, and wonderful gift ideas." -- Rebecca, North Vancouver
"They enhanced our bathroom decor nicely. Great quality." -- Jan + Joanne, Vancouver