I hate to break it to you, but even if you go to Brazil you probably won’t see the Amazon forest. It’s a big (well, huge) country, and the mythic forest is actually several hours away by plane from Rio. You’ll have to accept the fact that you just won’t get to meet all those giant snakes…but what about these Indian handicrafts you might ask (I would)? Thankfully, there is Tucum.
As it turns out, someone already did the very hard work for you, and forged lasting relationships with a multitude of tribes all around Brazil to promote their crafts. In the little shop in Rio’s Santa Teresa neighborhood you’ll find hammocks, jewels, prints, figurines, baskets and a multitude of unique items that form an enchanting and ever-evolving collection. It sheds a light on a wild kind beauty, sometimes rudimentary, sometimes delicate, and more than often both at the same time.
Tucum, R. Pascoal Charlemagne, 100 – Santa Teresa, Tuesday to Saturday 12:00 to 21:00, Sunday and Monday 14:00 to 20:00.
I did of course buy a few things that I’ll show you when I find the time to put together a Brought Back post!