WOVEN ART OF COLOMBIA
The indigenous tribes of Colombia
weave great art in their tapestries, rugs and bags,
drawing from the colors and designs of nature
and defining their unique cultural identity.
The Wayúu Indians believe their weaving skills
were handed down from the spider as an ancient art form.
They create one-of-a-kind mochilas (knapsacks),
each one taking 20 days to hand stitch.
The Arhuaco tribe, high in the mountains of Northern Colombia,
create authentic hand-woven shoulder bags,
called mochilas, in earth tone browns and tans,
representing a spiritual artisan tradition
that goes back over 1,000 years.
Mochilas are tightly woven from hand-dyed
sheep's and goat's wool, and wear like steel,
but remain soft and supple.
Each design is unique and has spiritual significance
to their indigenous culture.
Whether a rug, blanket or bag,
each hand woven Colombian piece is
a true work of art.