A particular group of the Cabécar tribe in Costa Rica’s Talamanca mountain range are making collectible bark animal crafts from mastate (hand made bark fiber). Using natural adornments such as seeds, shells, bamboo, copra fiber, palm and other plants derivatives, each bark animal is hand stitched and hand painted with natural plant dyes, as are the pictorial collages. The delightful style, primitive or folk-like craft of bark animal art, appeals to all who see them. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, creating a wonderful collection of indigenous art while helping a tribal people exist in their natural territory.
Within this 3 piece indigenous bark animal grouping there is a framed ‘montage’ panel with birds created from pieces of mastate and feathers, what seems to be an anteater with a purple sash, and a whimsical goat sporting a necklace of native seeds.