SAVE THE CLOUD FOREST WITH YOUR PURCHASE
-- IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND ANYWHERE ELSE --
BASKETS OF MIMBRE!
High above the village of San Pedro La Esperanza, Juan Chivalán harvests mimbre, the hanging roots of the Monstera plant, in the cloud forests. Together, Juan and his wife, Maria, fashion each basket with care.
Harvest of mimbre
Juan gathers the long aerial roots that hang down from the treetops. With a hard pull, he breaks them off high above. The remaining stem quickly begins to grow and replaces itself. Juan strips off the outer layer by pulling it through a notched stick that is planted firmly in the ground. As he pulls, the sheet peels off in long, spaghetti-like strands. Each basket requires a set of flat, radial stays, which Juan cuts with his machete from a 'bejuco,' a small species of palm that grows abundantly in the forest.
Assembling the basket
Down in the village, Maria patiently uses these materials to fashion a basket, and Juan manipulates the ends of the bejuco stays to prevent the mimbre strands from separating.
Mimbre grows nowhere but the cloud forest, and through your purchase, we reward these artisans for maintaining the intact cloud forest, and for not cutting the forest down. It is a sustainably-harvested 'non-timber forest product.'