THE TECHNIQUE : Wayuu
The Wayuu people are the largest indigenous ethnic group in Colombia. They live in small settlements, where they preserve the traditional language, culture, and customs that have been passed down for generations. One of the most important aspects of Wayuu culture is the art of weaving, an ancient practice that is passed from mother to daughter. The tradition is still vibrant today, and female artisans use their skills to create beautiful and intricate mochila bags.
Wayuu artisans weave their creative drawings into the bags, making each one as unique as the woman who made it. To the Wayuu, weaving is a symbol of intelligence, creativity, and wisdom. They value the intricacies of the weave, and can spend up to one month creating a single bag. Today, the bags are a large portion of Wayuu income, and allow them to preserve their way of life, while sharing their talents with the world.
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