Pygmy mat woven with plant fibers
1. Making of a large
woven plant fiber mat.
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African Pygmies   > Baka Pygmies   > Daily activities

Weaving works

Mats, Panniers, Baskets, Rattles, etc.

(Baka Pygmies of Cameroon,
Gabon and Congo)
Photos, texts and audio recordings
by Luis Devin
Luis Devin - La Foresta ti ha
Soundscape: Baka children speaking and, in the background,
elderly woman singing a jodel lullaby (Baka Pygmies of Cameroon).
Pygmy pannier for gathering in the rainforest
Pygmy basket
2. Weaving of a large pannier
for gathering forest products.
3. Woven plant fiber basket.
Old Pygmy woman with a mat and a walking stick
4. Elderly Baka woman
with a mat and a
walking stick.
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Pygmy basket for honey gathering
5. Making of a basket
for gathering food
in the rainforest.
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and activities
Luis Devin field research - Making of a pygmy basket
6. Study of weaving
techniques for the
making of baskets
and other woven
plant fiber objects.
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photo gallery
Weaving a pygmy mat
7. Baka woman weaving a mat.
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The author:
Music anthropologist and writer, he has carried out field research in central Africa, where he lived with the Baka Pygmies and other forest peoples, whose music, rituals and survival strategies he has been studying for more than a decade.

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Mat and basket weaving of the Baka Pygmies, with photos and ethnographic notes (Baka Pygmies of Cameroon, Gabon and Congo).

Photos, texts and audio recordings by Luis Devin.
Page URL: http://www.pygmies.org/baka/weaving-works.php

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The time in the tropical rainforests of the Western Congo Basin, where the Baka Pygmy people live, is 04:36. Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).

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