A six hour car ride from the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz, along the Rio Blanco, takes you deep into tropical riverbanks, unpaved roads, and the remote town of Urubichá. We traveled there to spend time with the group of women who weave our incredibly special hammocks – hamacas atadas – on handlooms inside their thatched-roof huts. The women who make these hammocks are guarayos – one of the indigenous groups in tropical Bolivia.
We’d been working with this group of women remotely for several years, but we wanted to really get to know them and to more fully understand how they developed such intricate techniques in such an isolated location. Drawn there to understand an ancient craft, we were looking to forge a deeper connection and make something new together.