Angolan Pine Needle Basketry by Eneida Tavares

April 18, 2015

Eneida Tavares blends Angolan basket-weaving technique with traditional ceramics to create a series of one-of-a-kind vases and containers.

Using pine needles hand-picked in the forests of Caldas da Rainha, Portugal, Eneida Tavares combines traditional ceramic techniques with Angolan basket weaving to create this unique line. Aptly named Caruma, the Portuguese term for pine needles, these vases and containers are inspired by Tavares’ Angolan roots, as well as the region in which she produces her designs.

Tavares seeks to demonstrate the possibility of a relationship between construction techniques and to create an intercultural dialogue with her work.

“Starting from colors, textures, artisan techniques, gestures and habits of daily life as input to recreate a new landscape through objects and experiences.” – Eneida Tavares, designer Tavares’ extensive educational background, which includes a Master’s in Product Design and an Undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from ESAD.CR (University of Arts and Design in Caldas da Rainha), has helped to give her the knowledge and experience necessary to create and produce these extraordinary designs.

In addition to her studies, Tavares has consistently sought to expand her know-how by participating in ceramics, glass, and decorative woodworking workshops.

As a finalist of both the Taiwan International Student Design Competition and the European Ceramic Contest in Denmark, this designer has continually proven her talent and skill.

Caruma incorporates traditional ceramic molds with hand collected and woven pine needle basketry to create an asymmetrical dialogue between varying cultures, techniques, and styles.

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