Catarina Miranda, 2021

# 0052

Serapilheira/Burlap Fabric

Material, Individual Thing, Endangered, Purchased, Other, Composite, Years

Socio-cultural Data

Historical Uses

Exported from India, used to store coffee, dry foods, herbs and teas, due to its thickness, firmness and consistency. In the Bragança district, people used serapilheira as market and domestic bags to reserve all kinds of dry foods (rice, potatoes, beans, etc)

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Present Uses

Since this kind of material is at risk of extinction, as it's no longer so common thanks to the expansion of plastic, Serapilheira is no longer used today.

Present Impact

Serapilheira was reinvented and became part of an art exhibition in Bragança called "Disruptive Order", by the israeli Dvora Morag, to unlock old memories about the material.

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Centro de Arte Contemporânea Graça Morais, Bragnça, 2017

Experimental, near future uses

Serapilheira may be used for new types of food storage or another type of uses, like shepherds coats.

Technical Data

Class of Material


Bio-temporal-geographical Data

Residence time (How long does the matter/material/artefact stay in an unaltered state in the location/context/system before it decay?)


How does the item affect the environment in which it exists?

I don't Know

Ontological-cosmological Data