ETHIC & TROPIC Corinne Bally offers art and decorative objects, unique pieces handmade in the heart of the tropical forest in Central America by the indigenous women of two small tribes between Panama and Colombia.
The ritual masks find their place in either classic or modern ambiance and give strength to minimalist decoration. They are a strong and magical element, hold a shamanic vibration, an eco from the tropical forest...each piece is unique and the range is endless.
The masks originally made for the shamanic rituals are burnt after they have "danced", for this reason old pieces cannot be found. Moreover, the shamanic rituals are less frequent these days. It is unusual to find these kinds of masks.
The meeting with the women from the Wounaan and Embera tribes of Panama have allowed to save the ancestral technique and create an artisanal activity, an important income source for women, generating decorative items production and being faithful to the way the ritual masks are made.
Women work freely and at their own pace for Ethic & Tropic, they have no limits in the use of their creativity, only requirement is to be the best quality, using authentic natural materials and dyes’ .
Read more about the backstory, how it all started, here. It is a long read, but totally worth it!