Cestería en Ñocha: Una tradición a la luz de la luna

Basketry in Ñocha: A tradition in the light of the moon

Nocha is a small plant that grows in the native forest of Chile. Today it is found mainly in ravines or in some areas of the Nahuelbuta mountain range.

Its leaves are characterized by having a line of thorns on the sides and have been used for centuries by local communities to create unique and authentic fabrics.

This plant has very resistant leaves, however, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find it and many artisans have chosen to grow it in their own patios.

Working with this material is not easy and requires several steps before being able to braid. First you have to collect the ñocha leaves and take them in bundles to the workshop, which is usually in the artisans' homes. According to tradition, the harvest is done during the nights of the waning moon, because otherwise the leaves break easily. Once in the house, they are boiled with ash for 6 seconds so that the leaves whiten and dry faster. They are then left to dry in the sun for 3 to 4 days and collected at night, when the night falls. Once dry, the spines can be cut from the edges and made thinner strips that are rolled and stored for later use.

With everything ready, you can start making both decorative and utilitarian baskets, such as lampshades, baskets, individual baskets, baskets, bread baskets and fruit bowls.

At Cordillerana, we are committed to preserving the traditions and basket-making art of Chile, and ñocha fiber is a fundamental part of this mission. We work hand in hand with artisans who have mastered the ancestral techniques of weaving with ñocha fiber, ensuring the authenticity and quality of each piece. We want to show this beautiful and hard work to the world because we know that each piece tells a story of tradition, sustainability and connection with nature. Explore our collection and discover the variety of products that can be created with this material!

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