Our trip to Guyana was a rich experience through and through. Most of our time in Guyana was spent in the Liana Cane factory working side by side with its’ skilled artisans and collaborating with three Wai Wai master weavers who flew in from the interior of the country to share their ancient craft. We learned about Guyanese culture and life on a daily basis through intimate interactions with the employees of the factory, the factory owner Jocelyn Dow and our Chinese-Guyanese driver Fattboy. Home-cooked Guyanese cuisine prepared for our lunch breaks and trips to local markets for tropical produce favored our daily life in Georgetown. Our trip to Guyana began with a trip to the rainforest along the coffee-colored Pomeroon River to follow the Wai Wai into the jungle to harvest mukra, one of the non-timber forest products used in the product collection. Our experience ended with a visit to President Bharrat Jagdeo’s residence to present our project and to discuss the sustainable future of Guyana.

You may learn more about our journeys in Guyana in this great article now being featured on Core 77.