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Crafts Venezuela - liberated culture

04/08/2014

Not only its own identity, the arts and crafts products Venezuela was wonderful blend of local culture and African culture, European. The Venezuelan aware of the importance of preserving these items, so that handicraft industry still exist and grow even when the country underwent many changes.

 Since ancient times, people of Venezuela took advantage of the available raw materials to make everyday objects and ceremonial items. Outlook of the Venezuelan rich is expressed through motifs, symbols on pottery, basket weaving ... The demands of everyday life, they took land habitat for mold, forming pottery diversity, food storage; They cut down trees, leaves, and fiber canopy for storage or funeral ceremony and sacrifice; use of wood and stone, cleverly cut to hunting, fishing, self-defense and conduct spiritual ceremonies ... Experience is word of mouth from generation to generation, over hundreds of years . 

During the colonial conquest of Spain after the fifteenth century, Venezuela craft undergo transformative period, receiving the influence of African culture and Europe. This creates a cultural mix of handicrafts, imported tools and technology different from what people have said Venezuela minority. Accordingly, began appearing horizontal looms and spindles use pedals, to create the product from cotton and wool. Similar occupations color woodcut, characterized through the Christian image, the appearance of working tools bring new innovative capabilities ... Each region in Venezuela, depending on climatic conditions and vegetation , there are different techniques to develop cottage industries. We can see the crafts division Venezuela in a specific state, such as in the Andes (Mérida state of, Tachira and Trujillo), famous for weaving wool, so characteristic temperature regulation mountains the need for this type of accessories; in the state of Lara with traditional pottery from clay mines possesses abundant amounts; Bolívar state is a black stone carving, by owning large reserves of this mineral ...

 The Venezuelan aware of the importance of the preservation of handicrafts, not only the values inherited from ancestors that precipitated the value given to outside. As a result, the survival of this industry, even as the country underwent many changes. Artisan Lilisbeth Ligiaelena Aguilera, Warao peoples - indigenous communities in Venezuela oldest said long ago, we were taken around the material, especially raffia and fiber crops Moriche Bora dried dirt and knitting forming items such as bags, hats, baskets, bins, shoes ... the kids 5-6 years old saw her mother and collective work. Until now, knitting is still work Warao familiar with each ... 

Handicrafts sector contributes to specific and express cultural diversity of Venezuela. To date, Crafts Council, under the Ministry of Culture of the People's Government of Venezuela has established a network of sales channels, showroom presence in 24 states across the country. According to the Chairman of the Crafts, Dr. Aracelis Garcia Reyes: Society is responsible for promotion and development of the visual arts and the art of talented artists, a lot of experience. Besides, the introduction of national and international works of high quality, rich aesthetics and national identity, in accordance with the plans and projects of the Art Institute and space (IARTES) . It also trained craftsmen all over the country, coordinated action to boost the creativity of the artist ... the Venezuelan Government policies are encouraging handicraft industry development, as : partition reorganizing the industry development; financing, procurement of equipment or material support; promotion and commercialization of handicraft products ...

 

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