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Description

In this Workshop, Learners will make a macrame net to hold a beautiful jicara.

The jicara is a hard shell fruit that has been used for hundreds of years to make anything from kitchen utensils to decorative items.  The jicara cup also has traditional purposes, as they are used in ceremonies as a cup to pass around La Chicha, a traditional fermented drink made mainly from corn. Today, the jicara continues to be used in many ways, and with many uses.  They are commonly used not only to make kitchen utensils and home decorative items, but also to transport items such as water or seeds, and even to make jewelry!  In Costa Rica, The Borucas and Bribris, two of the main indigenous groups of Costa Rica, make them as souvenirs to sell.

Jicaras are very special to me, as they are my roots.  Since I was little, I remember watching my grandpa making the nets to hold different size jicaras.  My hometown, where I lived until the age of thirteen, is called Jicaral, which means 'jicaral field.’  I had many jicara trees in my backyard growing up.  I used to play with them all the time!  

Together in this Workshop, we will design a jicara, and make a net to hang it from.  You will have a beautiful and useful container that you designed and built, that comes from Costa Rica with love.  I am excited to create this piece with you!

Please note: This Workshop is recommended to ages 8+ as it requires a bit of dexterity to tie the knots.  Younger Learners may participate with a parents helping hands.

What You'll Need

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Jicara Macrame Holder GLOkit

The GLOkit contains one small jicara and cord

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Additional Supplies

Learners will also need:

  • Scissors 
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • Clipboard or flat board/cookie tray

 

Technical Requirements

You will need a device (computer or tablet) that is equipped with a camera, microphone, and speakers. For more information, please check out our Technical Requirements page.

Meet the Instructor

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Paola AndersonView Profile

All my life, I have loved working with my hands. 

Growing up in Costa Rica, my favorite things have always been nature and art.  I live in a small town called Palmares, surrounded by coffee plants, fruit trees, and wild animals.  Inspired by the beauty in my own backyard, my favorite materials to work with are cabuya, natural seeds, and the gemstones that are found in the mountains, in the heart of my beloved country. 

As a child, I was always looking for something to make.  In school, I expressed my love of art by taking traditional art classes.  I continued exploring art in high school, by taking classes there too.  At that time, my family moved to New York City.  There, I enrolled in BOCES, a specialized program where I dedicated my life to art, design, and photography.  Upon moving back to Costa Rica I then attended Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje and the Escuela Casa del Artista.  Always an adventurer, I’ve spent time traveling around Costa Rica and Nicaragua, where I was inspired by the world’s most colorful local and international artists.

I am a mother of two beautiful girls who love art, every form of it.  I am so excited to teach and share my knowledge and my culture.

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Jicara Macrame Holder