The Use of Hemiepiphytes as Craft Fibres by Indigenous Communities in the Colombian Amazon

dc.contributor.author Vargas, María Paula Balcázar en_US
dc.contributor.author van Andel, Tinde en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2007-06-21T01:01:00Z
dc.date.available 2007-06-21T01:01:00Z
dc.date.issued 2005 en_US
dc.description.abstract Aerial roots of hemiepiphytes are used throughout the Amazon Basin for house construction, basketry, traps and furniture. Here we describe how 15 species of hemiepiphytes are extracted by six indigenous groups in the Colombian Amazon for traditional artefacts, commercial crafts and as raw material for the furniture industry. Indigenous classification systems, use preferences, and the influence of the craft trade on indigenous livelihoods are discussed. The craft trade seems to improve the living conditions of local communities by making them less dependent from local guerrilla and coca production. However, we seriously question the sustainability of current fibre extraction. Designing adequate management plans for commercial hemiepiphytes is essential to guarantee the future supply of these valuable non-timber forest products. en_US
dc.identifier.citation Vargas MPB, van Andel T. 2005. The use of hemiepiphytes as craft fibres by indigenous communities in the Colombian Amazon. Ethnobotany Research & Applications 3:243-260. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1547-3465 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/175
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii at Manoa en_US
dc.title The Use of Hemiepiphytes as Craft Fibres by Indigenous Communities in the Colombian Amazon en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
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