Pictured: Palm trees in Brazil & the Selena Clutch (made with palm fiber)
Dsenyo offers a unique collection of clutches, hats and ornaments all made with buriti palm fiber. The draw to this fiber is its renewability. This sustainable resource is harvested in a way that does not damage the tree and easily allows for growth of new branches.
A cooperative of artisans in the northeastern part of Brazil harvest, process and craft this beautiful fiber. Here is a look at the process from the palm tree to the making of the Selena Clutch.
Man climbing buriti palm tree and cutting the "eye"
Step One: Obtaining the "Eye" of the Buriti Palm
A man will climb to the top of the palm tree carrying a machete attached to his waist. At the top, he will remove the "eye" and then carefully toss it down - so as not to damage it. A caution to the climber: look out for snakes and spiders!
Using small knife to remove fiber
Step Two: Removing the Fiber
The process of extraction includes removing the thin film with a small knife. It's a quick process that must be done shortly after the eye is removed from the tree. This quickness will impact the quality of the fiber.
Cooking the fiber. On the right, dyeing the fiber.
Step Three: Treatment of the Fiber
After extraction, the fiber must be cooked to both enhance the quality and the durability of the fiber. At this time pigmentation may also be added to the pot to dye the fiber. Once the fiber is cooked, it is then dried.
Artisan crocheting with buriti fiber
Step Four: Preparing the Fiber for Various Techniques
The buriti fiber is used in various methods including weaving, crocheting and macrame. For crocheting, the thin fibers are separated from the thick. After which the pieces are twisted and made into skeins. For weaving and macrame, the fibers are simply separated by their thickness and their size.
Dsenyo's collection of fair trade gifts from Brazil showcase these techniques. To see more, please visit: www.dsenyo.com
Macrame: Adriana Clutch
Crocheting: Flower Clips
Weaving: Selena Clutch