The fascination for what is hidden behind each object that the artistically indigenous people of my country elaborate, increases through the years, as I get to know more about their living conditions and their cultures. In this, my daughter Karen Hessels helps me. She studied anthropology and, among others, learned more deeply about the indigenous communities that still exist in Colombia. There are many groups that are unknown to many, and that live, work, and create, the same way they did 300 years ago.
The best artistic expression of an existing and very threatened culture are the baskets woven by the Maku indigenous group.
They are a nomadic tribe (the last one that exists in the Colombian jungle) within which there are different indigenous groups such as the Nukak, the Kakwá, (Cacua or Bara Makú from Colombia) and the Hupdë and Yuhupdë from Brazil and Colombia.
Over time and after having established some contact with the outside world, our indigenous people learned that their creations have value, and so today they exchange them for medicine, food, and money.
Moved by the motto: “to truly help artisans, it is necessary to “ trade” and not only “aid”, after many years of searching, we have managed to find and bring to Europe these precious baskets, especially for you.