Tordüa

The Sacred Leaf”

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Description

This piece represents Tordüa, which translates to The Sacred Leaf. The Emberá-Chamí are a highly spiritual people and they follow the spiritual guidance of the Jaibaná, a high-ranking figure that functions as a shaman, but also as mentor and advisor for the society. The Jaibaná knows how to use medicinal and other sacred plants, in order to cure ailments and chase away bad spirits. He can communicate with the Jaí, spirits that inhabit the human world, and therefore is in charge of performing various rituals and ceremonies, such as healing ceremonies and births.

The colors have specific meanings to the Emberá-Chamí. Chïtör, white/grey, symbolises peace, light and purity. Red, chipür, symbolises race and the bloodlines.

Additional information

Colombia
Origin: Pereira, Colombia
Artisan

Ludivia Nacavera

Material

925 Sterling silver, Miyuki Delica glass beads

Measures

L: 18cms W: 6cms

Origin

Emberá-Chamí Community, Pereira, Colombia

Technique

Loom

Weaving Time

10 hours

Note This is a hand-made product. Variations in size and small imperfections can be present in the product.