Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Ye'kwana Basket Weaving

Th Ye'kwana tribe is known for their excellent baskets.






Upon completion, we would send the baskets out to buyers in town where the money would be used by the families to purchase supplies. The plane would come with supplies and leave with baskets. Sometimes the church would be given baskets as an offering and this money would be used for church ministries.

Now it is much more difficult as their are no longer any mission planes and all the baskets must be transported by water. Also, with the terrible economy in Venezuela, brought on by Chavez' socialism, there is not much of a market for the baskets in the national market and fewer foreign markets are interested in exporting from Venezuela.


12 comments:

Cleopas said...

Just surfing by and thought I'd say 'hello' to a fellow believer. God bless you for your work in Venezuela, my wife and I prayed for you.

Loren

Findalis said...

Socialism, the curse of the world. I would love to be able to buy one of those baskets. It's a shame that the tribe can't find a way to set up an on-line store and sell their products directly to us.

Maybe one day, when there is freedom again in that land.

Delightfully Imperfect said...

That is sad Rita. In Ethiopia I saw the beautiful baskets made in the 1960s. They are very difficut to find today and the quality of the baskets I have seen are poorer. The craft has been dying out in too many places.

Pam said...

I love my baskets you gifted me with!

Theophilus said...

Ick socialism. some of the old ladies here want it back. ACK.
I love seeing pictures of Jayde when she was little. :D

Thursday's Child said...

So much more Chavez being for the people, huh? Yes, socialism works so well, doesn't it?

The Merry Widow said...

Those baskets are beautiful. And it's terrible that the tribe, which is trying to help itself with honor, is being punished...may G*D have mercy on them!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw

FJ said...

From what I could see, those baskets had quite a bit of ornamentation and detail. Very nice.

Happymama said...

The baskets are beautiful. It's sad that these people are losing an income because of all the mess over there.

~Kristi

Charles said...

I love those baskets. The make some great baskets in the Charleston, SC area of SC but nothing like these.

Steve n Vickie said...

I've always wanted to try basket weaving. Its too bad there's no longer a market for them.
Vickie

Sis. Julie said...

Those baskets are beautiful. I wish I could do that!!

I've been praying for you even though I haven't been coming by.