ABOUT HON’s PANAMA CAPSULE COLLECTION
Known as “the crossroads of the world” we had the opportunity to travel to Panama to source for this latest collection.
A country layered with history and culture — it’s no wonder that we didn’t come back empty handed.
The trip started with a search for molas. The age old technique of these colorful, intricately woven textiles have been passed down through generations by the ladies of the Kuna community.
They can illustrate memories, dreams or experiences and are made from multiple layers of colored fabric sewn together and cut intricately to expose different layers and eventually the overall design.
Traditionally used as clothing we think of them as art — with each piece being one of a kind and taking anywhere from a week to six months to complete, we think they are more than deserving to be framed and on display!
After a bumpy car ride we boarded a small boat and traveled the Chagres River to visit the Embera village, deep in the rainforest.
The women of this indigenous community are known for their detailed beading work and their weaving traditions including these masks — which we immediately fell in love with!
Each mask is handwoven from Chunga palm fibers and dyed with vegetable dyes from the local roots, berries and river silt.
Traditionally they were used for shaman rituals and can take months to complete. Each is one of a kind, has a personality of its own and reflects the weavers personal technique.
To learn more about our journey, check out our Panama travel guide.
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Our passion to travel and discover is the core of who we are and what we do.
Travel not only provides us the inspiration and an outlet for our creativity but it allows us the opportunity to establish lasting relationships with artisans all over the world. House of Nomad sources from over 20 countries and works either in direct relationship or via partners that work directly with the artisans - our goal being to establish long lasting relationships.
Being able to bring things from our travels into your homes inspires us to continue this dream and supports artisans all over the world.