Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pic Today 6/12/11







THERE'S MORE IN EACH
MOCHILA ARHUACA
THAN YOUR BELONGINGS

Throughout all of Colombia
you see unique woven shoulder bags,
-- on men, on women --
tightly woven of earthen brown wools.

These one-of-a-kind mochilas
are woven by the Native American Arhuaca women
of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta,
high in the northern Colombian mountains.

In their tiny mountain village, the Arhuaca
tightly weave these bags in spiral patterns.
No two are alike, and each portrays a
spiritual representation.
It takes 40 hours to weave each mochila.
Their weave is so tight, they last a life time.

When you hang a mochila on your shoulder,
you are hanging the Arhuaca culture and representation
of their "father creator" -- a mountain, a lake, the earth,
a rattlesnake, the trees, a scorpion's tail.
Each is a representation of Mother Earth
and an exquisite piece of woven art.

The goat and lamb's wool is spun and cooked
in traditional natural dyes, and woven by hand.



9 comments:

  1. imagino que te habrás comprado más de una....

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  2. Wonderful way to present the Arhuaca culture on. Your photos tells us a lot. Have a nice weekend to you.

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  3. Hienoa vanhaa kulttuuria mukana 'ripaus' mystiikkaa.
    Mainio Kuva-Sarja...

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  4. The 3th picture is incredible (:
    Details, everything is about the details.. and not everyone has that "open mind" thing to see it.. you do, so lucky you!

    Oh! about the contact thing, here is my email: levata_ar@hotmail.com (:

    Greeting dear Rick!

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  5. wonderful shots
    I like a lot the girl's portrait

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  6. Fascinating cultures, art in their hands ...
    A hug.
    Come to my beach ...

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  7. This is wonderful Rick!
    Thank you for sharing it here.

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