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Zurron and Enjalma


[This is an enjalma.]

This is an enjalma.


[And these are the zurrones.]

And these are the zurrones.


[The zurrones are positioned on top of the enjalma.]

The zurrones are positioned on top of the enjalma.


[Enjalmas are also used when a horse is pulling the arm of a sugarmill.]

Enjalmas are also used when a horse is pulling the arm of a sugarmill.


By:

Marino Jaén Sánchez
2012-10-03

Together, the zurron and the enjalma are part of the working tools of the Panamanian farmers of a few decades ago. Now, they are becoming very rare.

The zurron is a sack made of crude leather. It serves as a container for carrying seeds, fruits, vegetables and all types of produce. They comen pairs and are used mostly when these items are transported by horse.

The enjalma is a type of horse mount used for carrying items, usually contained in zurrones. The enjalma is made of bundles of straw shaped as a mount and then covered with raw leather. In addition to being used for carrying zurrones, enjalmas can also be used for carrying bundles of wood and sugarcane.


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