Participant Portfolios / Andean Highlands

Dora Flor Alba Briceño

Basket weaver, Ráquira

Dora Flor Alba learned basket weaving from her grandmother when she was a young girl. She specializes in making esteras and baskets with junco and enea, both reeds that grow on the banks of Lake Fúquene. She is recognized for her fine work and has won many awards.

"When I was eight, my grandmother sat me down to weave small pieces for a junco mat. Later, they invented how to weave baskets, and now we continue to innovate."

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Dora Flor Alba Briceño
Dora Flor Alba Briceño

Dora Flor Alba Briceño uses enea, traditional lake reeds, to weave a bag. Photo by Joe Furgal, Smithsonian Institution