Contained in the Brazilian Amazon With VEJA
IT’S A GRAY JUNE MORNING in Brazil’s Amazon, and Julio Barbosa de Aquino is carving an extended, shallow line right into a tree exterior his dwelling within the state of Acre. The tree’s bark appears like a patchwork quilt: Semi-horizontal and vertical grooves cowl nearly each inch you may see.
Seconds later, a white liquid that nearly resembles Elmer’s glue fills the house the place Barbosa has carved, and it flows down diagonally right into a separate vertical line. Lastly, just a few beads drip right into a small black bucket that’s hooked up to the bark.
That is the morning’s most important occasion: That is the way you get wild rubber.
Pictures by John Lonsdale
TO REACH THE CHICO MENDES EXTRACTIVE RESERVE the place Barbosa lives, you must drive down an extended, bumpy grime street till you attain a river. Then, a brief boat journey throughout the water later, you climb up a steep path to the highest of the hill. The Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve is known as after Barbosa’s greatest good friend, Chico Mendes, who led a peaceable motion within the ’80s to guard Acre’s rubber tapping group from deforestation and farming, and was killed in 1988. As we speak, Barbosa, 64, is the president of the Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve Residents and Producers Affiliation Xapuri, AMOPREX.
This is only one of eight associations the place Veja, the sustainable French footwear model, works with rubber tappers, or seringueiros, who gather wild rubber from the forest that goes into Veja’s widespread strains of modern and trendy sneakers just like the Esplars, the Campos, and V-10s—all of that are made with the wild rubber.