Caruma Natural Vase
by Eneida Tavares
- pine needles from Caldas da Rainha and ceramic
- technique a blend of African heritage in the context of Portuguese culture
- handcrafted in Portugal
- dimensions: 22 x 23 x 23cm
Pine needles gathered from the forests of Caldas da Rainha in Portugal are woven and stitched using a coiled sewing technique used in traditional Angolan basketry. The basket sculpture is then attached with raffia through holes made along the edges of the ceramic base. The result, a striking display vase that symbolizes and adds a sense of happy organicness to a contemporary home.
Ceramics and basketry have walked side by side without really crossing each other. In this context arises Caruma, a series of vessels formed by a mixed technique – earthenware and basketry - demonstrating the possible relationship between two different construction fields, creating a relationship of dependency between them. Symbolizing Eneida's two cultures, Angolan basket weaving traditions are blended with Caldas da Rainha's history of ceramics to create an intercultural dialogue that mixes closeness to what is far away.