Forest Products and Handicrafts

Visit our photo gallery of the Amazon Guitar Strap. It contains images of the latest models of jungle snake pattern guitar straps including the anaconda, boa constrictor, cascabel (tropical rattlesnake), naca naca (coral snake), and other creative designs. These straps are made by Bora native artisans from the Ampiyacu River region of Peru with chammbira palm fiber and natural plant dyes. Please contact us if you would like to buy one of these beautiful and functional crafts. See more about this project in the Amazon Guitar Strap brochure.

The rest of this section is under construction. It will present information about the ecology, harvest, and marketing of a wide range of forest products that are important to traditional communities in the Amazon. These include plant products such as fruits, fibers, resins, oils, leaves and bark. People use these products for food, shelter, medicine, tools, and hundreds of other purposes in their daily lives and to sell. Forest people derive a major part of their protein needs from hunting and fishing. Animal products are also used to make some handicrafts and other common objects. Since communities face many challenges to profitably sell forest products in a raw or slightly processed form, the Center will focus particular attention on supporting the marketing of high value-added products such as handicrafts. This strategy will provide communities one potential way to increase their income with minimal impact on forest ecology.

See artisans from the campesino community of Chino with their hand-made chambira palm fiber baskets.