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28 Sep 2023

“Xamã” Tapajonic Ceramic Carafe and Cup Set Handcrafted by Jefferson Paiva

Canto Design

Experience the legacy of ancestral Indigenous communities with our selection of Tapajonic tableware.

The creative force behind this project is artisan and anthropologist Jefferson Paiva, whose creative journey begins with archaeological exploration and the study of ancient ceramic materials, delving into the artistic traditions of Indigenous cultures like the Shipibo-Konibo and Wai-Wai. This research serves as the foundation for his work, revealing traditional ceramic production techniques.

From clay composition to wood-fired kiln firing, each piece embodies authenticity, cultural preservation, and the revival of ancient techniques, with Jefferson Paiva as the guardian of this heritage for future generations.

A fascinating detail about Tapajó pottery is that, according to archaeologist Anna Roosevelt, it is the oldest artisanal expression of the people in the Tapajós region, Amazonia. This craft dates back around six thousand years, as per studies conducted in the USA. During this time, the inhabitants of Tapajós were already creating items like necked vessels, caryatid vessels, and other utensils for their needs. In addition to necked and caryatid vessels, Santarém pottery also stands out for its figurines. These exhibit a wide variety of anthropomorphic or zoomorphic forms, which can be hollow, solid, or a combination of both.