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The above picture is a good example of a traditional uwene
from the community of Tuapurie
, where the chairs are made
with a more elaborate back. The uwene, often referred to as a shaman's
chair, is sturdy and can last generations if it is well made from
the proper materials and not abused. The preferred wood for the
frame of the chair is brazil wood, ützate
, used in combination
with mature bamboo, hakute
. The woven bamboo seat is attached
using thin strips of bamboo that are twisted together and then tied
with leather cord. The back is made from lengths bamboo that have
been stripped of the bark so it can be bent without breaking.
Two different native plants are separately ground, burned, and then
combined with the ashes to make a sticky substance, called kuetsukuai
that is used to reinforce the chair and afix the decorative back.
These two plants must be harvested when they are mature or they
will not produce a strong enough adhesive.
Photograph ©1981 Juan Negrín