Women are the heart of the tribe: protectors of the homes and decision-makers in the community.
The La Guajira, Colombia community deeply values the resources provided by the land. According to the Wayuus, everything on earth is connected and has a soul. In other words, each vegetable, animal, human or mineral has a spirit. Nature is particularly important to them and they believe in “Mother Earth”. They strive to live with what Mother Earth provides, by living in wooden huts, making food by a fire, and sleeping in hammocks. Textile is their canvas of expression. It is an art that allows them to express their feelings, thoughts and vision of the world.
From their adolescence, Wayuu girls learn to weave. This is an integral part of their education and of the transmission of culture by the older generations. This learning, throughout their life, makes them extremely gifted craftswomen who can make woven articles of very high quality.
There is a wide variety of plateaus, and the different patterns drawn on the bags represent the dreams of these women and their unique ways of seeing the world.