Design and Technology in the slavery period
The first effective way of exploitation of land and people from here occurred through the trade of timber extracted by the Indians and exchanged with the Portuguese for many varied objects and utensils. As the wood was plentiful and had great qualities, it became the main raw material of tools and equipment manufactured in Brazil, in a rural or urban environment. (...)
The use of slaves in woodwork and carpentry duties was a common factor in Colonies. Contractors and slave owners encouraged the learning of those hoping to profit from their leases. This way, many black people became official carpenters and joiners of the Colony.
Have you already reflected on the technologies used to plant, harvest, process cane sugar and coffee, for example? What about the extraction and processing of gold and precious stones? And the complicated clothes worn by men and women in the Age of Empire:: as full of folds and ruffles clothes were washed, dried and ironed? In addition to the human hand, imagine the amount of tools and instruments that were needed in this period of history.
In the image, a press for butter.
Creole Jewelry: african-Brazilian visual communication
The use of ornaments is one of the immediate ways to express cultural values in a symbolic language and easily communicated within the user group. (...)
More than mere adornment, Creole jewelry has historically a socio-economic character and resistance to slavery.
With no access to banks or properties, the jewelry accumulation was a method used by the slaves, black brotherhood and many slaves who had the opportunity to save their earnings or exceeding of sold products to order silver jewelry and other objects that could be used somehow as easy transit goods (...).
Mais do que mero adereço, as joias crioulas possuem historicamente um caráter socioeconômico e de resistência a escravidão. Sem acesso a bancos ou propriedades, o acúmulo de joias foi um método utilizado pelas escravas de ganho, pelas irmandade de negros e por muitos escravos que aproveitavam para economizar seus ganhos ou o excedente dos produtos que vendiam para encomendar joias de prata e outros objetos que serviam de algum modo como bens de fácil trânsito (...).
Text by André Santos