SOS Amazon team and jewelry designer, Flavia Amadeu, rose the Humaiatá stream, toward the village Raimundo Valley, Arara Indian Reserve in the municipality of Porto Walter, Acre, to hold between 15 and 18 September, a workshop production of colored rubber - Semi-Artifact Sheet (FSA). The initiative is part of the Amazon Values Project, with financial support from Amazon / BNDES Fund.
With the participation of 25 indigenous Cooperative Agro Shawãdawa Pushuã, the initiative aimed to teach the FSA production technique and encourage the craft from the colored rubber.
"It's the first time I am working with the indigenous people and was the realization of a dream. I noticed a lot of desire in them to want to learn and put creativity in this work with the rubber, and to generate income while maintaining the preserved forest. The Indians already have a very strong relationship with the forest and crafts, so the idea is to work the craft techniques with rubber mixing seeds and beads, into the language that they have, " said Flavia Amadeu, responsible for guiding the activity.
In four days, the participants produced a variety of parts and finished the workshop with a small exhibition demonstrating the potential for this type of craft. The designer plans to return to continue this project with SOS Amazon and the village Pushuã.
Text and photos: Eliz Tessinari (sosamazonia.org.br)