Fundación Silataj operates directly with the artisans through periodic visits of our members to the area where they live.

CHANÉ

Their cultural identity is very strong. They still speak their own native language. Most of them are especially horticultural farmers.

Women work in pottery, in which the expressive quality of their pieces, the traditional designs and the use of ancestral techniques stands out. Men carve masks in Palo Borracho (Silk Floss tree) wood, which are painted with colors extracted from river soft stones, vegetables and clay. In the prehispanic tradition they were ritual masks of ceremonial use that they wore in the corn maturity period. Later and up to now, they are used in the carnival (pin pin)
Currently many of them work in oil companies in the area.

KOLLA

They live in the Puna Jujeña region, a plane and arid area located 3,000 meters above sea level with shortage of rains. Although they barely keep using their own traditional language, they do keep alive numerous rites and festivals related to their culture.

Women take care of the animals (sheep, goats and llamas), which wool provide the raw material for their crafts, while men work in agriculture.

Their artisan work involves women weaving wool with a spindle or spinning wheel to create belts on waist looms and, on horizontal looms they weave pashminas and scarves. Men weave ponchos and barracanes, fabrics traditionally used to produce their own clothes.

PILAGÁ

They live in the province of Formosa.

They still speak their traditional language and hold traditional activities like gathering fruits from the woods.

The population living in the periphery of the urban centers occasionally work in neighboring towns.

The Pilagá women work on refined basketwork using a special fiber obtained from the palm leaf called carandillo.

QOM

They live in Chaco, Formosa, Salta and in the periphery of some urban centers. They still speak their own native language. Traditionally they were hunters and gatherers, and some communities still maintain these activities. They also use basic agriculture methods and create crafts using traditional techniques. Many of them work in construction, sawmills and as cotton harvesters.

Women use sheep’s wool to weave tapestries and ponchos in vertical loom using spindles, were the harmonic use of color and creative animal designs stand out.

WICHI

They live in the north region of Argentina, in the provinces of Salta, Formosa and Chaco.

Nowadays, some of the communities still live from fishing, hunting and collecting fruits. They also do occasional work during the harvest season.

Women’s traditional artisan work includes weaving vegetable fiber (chaguar), which they dye using roots, fruits and leafs.

Men carve palo santo wood, which is very hard and perfumed, using dry logs they collect in the woods.