The Wayuu people are an indigenous people located in the far north of Colombia and northwestern Venezuela. Many of them live in "rancherias", small villages consisting of five or six houses in the desert region of the Guajira Peninsula, and their lives are focused on coexistence with nature and sustainable living. I am.
The Wayuu people are known for their culture of inheriting the mother's surname, where women have a special place in the family, and where the mother is respected as the protector of the family. What the Wayuu women cherish is the weaving technique that has been passed down from generation to generation.
Their signature work is the traditional craft known as ``Mochira Wayuu,'' which they design and sell. However, the same knitting techniques are also used to create a variety of attractive items such as pouches and clutch bags. Wayuu women learn the crochet technique of weaving Wayuu bags from their mothers from an early age, and legend has it that their ancestors learned how to weave intricate patterns from the spider-like god Wale Kel. It is said that he was taught.
Depending on the complexity of the design and the skill of the weaver, each bag can take anywhere from two weeks to a month to make.
The Wayuu bags woven by the Wayuu people not only support their livelihood, but also serve as a valuable means of passing on their culture and traditions to the next generation.
In the future, I hope to be able to introduce Wayura weavers and craftsmen.
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