When leaving the Cuzco room, we went up to the second floor by the stone staircase with roof that reproduces the Canarian wood craftsmen.
Already on the second floor, we enter the room dedicated to basketry, with a large boat to the center that is called totora because of the fiber with which it has been made and used to navigate Lake Titicaca, around Bolivia and Peru.The stay groups a series of pieces made with various plant fibers: wicker, cane, chestnut, pírgano, reed, palm leaf, rye straw, bramble or torvisca, better known in the Canary Islands and Peninsula. Other more typical of the American continent such as the gadua, the cane arrow, the vine, the yare, … the techniques and the objects that can be done with them are multiple, they depend mainly on the use. This is how, after the necessary preparation, baskets, hats, mats and a long etc. are made. of pieces.
On the right, the showcases host the process of making baskets in afollado, chestnut, straw and wicker, as well as the most characteristic pieces of this type of craft: baskets of high handle to sow and pick up potatoes, the foxes that are baskets elongated and with lids to sell the pigs, or without a lid and used as a measure in the field, baskets for fruit ….
From the 90’s, Canary basketry adapts to new needs and baskets become lamps, chestnut hats are made or recreations of pottery pieces such as carving to contain water.
We left the Canarian showcases and went to the indigenous baskets of the Amazon and Orinoco communities. Baskets and baskets for harvesting fruits, to carry fishing or to transport firewood. There are feather headdresses and wooden objects such as harpoons, arrows and arrow holders.
A basket that attracts attention is made with güerregue fiber, woven to contain liquids, thanks to its fine and tight weft.