Even the name reveals a lot about the special new rug from ames. In Spanish, 'Cabuya' refers to the fique fiber. The unique table and object collection la che from ames, which is made of fique, is now followed by the Cabuya rug range, which will be premiered at the imm cologne 2019.
Cabuya by AmesThe Andes move centrally through Colombia. Over the eastern Cordillera we reach Santander – this is where the cabuya rugs are made for ames out of fique. The region is characterized by deep canyons, dry desert, but also lush green mountains. Physical geography can’t get much more varied than this, and it is the inspiration for cabuya.
The new rug from ames is created with intricate and lengthy craftsmanship. Made of 100% natural fique material, the skilled artesanos use three different manufacturing techniques: two of the three pieces of rug are tied and knotted by hand in a vertical loom – the combination of double knotting and unique knitting creates a special structure. The third element of cabuya is needlework with two large knitting needles. The three different structures form a geometry. The result is reminiscent of Santander’s landscape: mountainous and flat, barren and rich - an interplay of nature.
Cabuya by AmesThe fique plant is also used in the traditional production of the coffee sacks seen everywhere in Colombia. The plants are similar to certain types of agave, and grow about two to seven feet high. The natural fique plants from tropical climates are characterized by their very hard, long fibers and are flame retardant. Also, the process of removing the fibers from the plant is not easy: an arduous job that can only be done by hand. After the vegetable fibers have been released, they are washed and soaked in water for fifteen hours. Afterwards they have to dry in the sun for one or two days. The dried fibers are then brushed by hand on wooden boards covered with thick iron nails – after which they can be processed.
Santander, Colombia: this region of the country is not only extraordinary in its fauna and flora, but also rich in history. The material and techniques that make cabuya special have been used for a long time by the indigenous people of the area. Santander was where the spark of the independence movement against the Spanish occupation first sprang up. Even today, La Guabina, Bambuco and Pasillo – traditional music and dance – paint a very heroic and characterful image of this region and its inhabitants: they are full of native pride, which they wear on the outside in folkloric clothing. Even the cabuya rug from ames is full of character, idiosyncratic and unconventional. A tribute to Santander.
Cabuya is available in three color schemes. You can find out more about ames on their website.