Friday, October 12, 2007

Muiracatiara wood

Áurea brought this classy vehicle back from Belém on one of her recent trips there. It's made of muiracatiara wood (Astronium sp), which is very popular for furniture making throughout the Amazon. Muiracatiara is an indigenous word meaning the "painted wood". As you can see from the model car and the piece of wood under it, the wood is well named. Nearly every piece of muiracatiara presents a different scene. Over time it becomes darker in color, thus losing its natural designs.

No comments: