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VISITING OUR ARTISANS

VISITING OUR ARTISANS

In our most recent experience visiting our Artisans in La Guajira, Colombia., my husband and I had the opportunity to spend a few days with the Wayuus. We learned more about their culture, combine with some legends, myths, stories and traditions. This tribe has inhabited the harsh environment of the La Guajira desert for centuries, living with the land and passing on traditions for generations.

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WHO ARE THEY

WHO ARE THEY

Wayuu (also Wayu, Wayúu, Guajiro, Wahiro) is an Indigenous South American ethnic group of the Guajira Peninsula in northernmost part of Colombia and northwest Venezuela. The Wayuu language is part of the Maipuran (Arawak) language family. Wayuu indigenous people have their own language, the women are hard workers, very wise and disciplined with their skills and craftsmanship.

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IN THE FIELD

IN THE FIELD

Women in the Wayuu Tribe are the creative makers of the Wayuu Bags. The spider in the Wayuu culture is the Master Weaver, the one that teaches the art and represents the beginning of life. Each beautiful craft carries ancient traditions, ancestral wisdom and sacred geometry. The art of weaving has been around for a long time and is passed on from generation to generation.

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