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Motete, a Big Basket for Agricultural Labor


[In order to make a motete, the dried vines are woven to form a net pattern.]

In order to make a motete, the dried vines are woven to form a net pattern.


[The resulting item is a big cylindrical basket used to carry produce such as corn, as in the picture.]

The resulting item is a big cylindrical basket used to carry produce such as corn, as in the picture.


[There are also some bell-shaped motetes, such as this one. Here we can see the straps used for carrying it as a backpack.]

There are also some bell-shaped motetes, such as this one. Here we can see the straps used for carrying it as a backpack.


[Some traditional dances, such as the zaracunde, feature motetes prominently.]

Some traditional dances, such as the zaracunde, feature motetes prominently.


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2015-05-24

Motete is the name of a cylindrical basket made of dried vines in Panama. It is used for transporting produce such as corn ears, yam, oranges and many other crops.

Due to its importance in the agricultural work, the motete has even trascended to the realm of traditional dances and is featured in several of them, such as the Zaracunde from Azuero.


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