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I recently came across these intriguing half basket, half ceramic vessels, which I found out to be the work of Eneida Lombe Tavares a Portuguese conceptual production designer of Angolan heritage. Named Caruma, the Portuguese word for pine needles the elegant collection is formed of one of a kind vases that explore her African heritage in the context of Portuguese culture. 

Caruma vessel blending Angolan basket weaving with traditional earthenware by product designer Eneida Tavares

Caruma is a project that showcases the fusion of basket weaving and ceramics and in a way symbolises the relationship between Eneida’s two cultures. The collections sees pine needles, gathered from the forests of Caldas da Rainha in Portugal woven and stitched using raffia into holes made along the edges of earthenware vase bases.

Caruma vessel blending Angolan basket weaving with traditional earthenware by product designer Eneida Tavares
Caruma vessel blending Angolan basket weaving with traditional earthenware by product designer Eneida Tavares

The basketry is based on a coiled sewing technique used in traditional Angolan basketry. The textured and organic forms of which beautifully contrasts the smooth white surface of the ceramics.

Caruma vessel blending Angolan basket weaving with traditional earthenware by product designer Eneida Tavares

Living and working in Portugal Eneida’s wider design practice explores materials, colours, stories, and cultural landscapes.

– Tapiwa Matsinde

Additional details:

For further information about Eneida visit: https://eneidatavares.pt

[Image credits: The images shown belong to Eneida Lombe Tavares. If downloaded and used elsewhere please credit accordingly.]

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