Jaguar sculpture, made from clay and hand painted by the Karaja tribe. Order yours today!
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The craftsmanship of the Karajá tribe is often the most important source of income to the tribe and Karajá family.
The making of the ceramic figures - called in the native language as ritxòkò (female) and ritxòò (male) - involves traditional techniques handed down from generation to generation. The ceramic work is exclusively produced by the women, the process is developed using three basic raw materials: clay or mud, ash, which acts as anti-plastic; and water, which moistens the mixture of clay with ash.
The ritxòkò have deep social meaning and great importance for the Karajá community, they are important instruments of socialization reproducing the social-cultural and family planning aspects of the tribe by demonstrating mythological motifs, rituals, everyday life and fauna as part of the teachings which are then passed on to the next generation.
Approximate measurements: 15 cm
Composition: Clay / painted by hand
Ethnic tribe: Karajá / state of Mato Grosso
Brazil arts and crafts will also issue a certificate of authenticity with all original indigenous arts and crafts stating the day of produce, name of the artist and or tribe as well as the origin.
Each piece is crafted individually using indigenous techniques by the native Indians from Brazil, no two items will be exactly alike, subject to changes, hand painted motifs may be different from the one illustrated above. Our products provide the main source of income for the tribe and their families as well as working within the local laws and regulations in order to protect and preserve the local natural resources and way of life.
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