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Our Crafts

General backpacks 

  • The most common size for backpacks is 30cm x 30cm.
  • The largest is 50cm x 55cm (Wayuú baskets are of this size) 
  • Gaza (name by which the strip from which bags are hung is known in the tribe) 
  • The gauze of the Wayuú bags is woven with 2 strands 
  • The traditional raw material for Wayuú backpacks is Miratex thread, Arhuaca is virgin wool (it comes from the Sierra Nevada). 
  • There are 3 types of fabrics, the traditional (with a needle), the cane flecha (with palm) and the paleteo (the loom is used). 
  • The bags are woven and decorated with tassels, gimped braid, loose handles and bells. 


  • Made with Wayuú maguiza palm (same with which the vueltiao hat is made) 
  • Each artisan leaves her mark on a bag
  • The tassels are customizable, you can change the color and design 
  • Custom ones take 20 days, not counting shipping
  • The most traditional decorations are braids, tassels and flowers.
  • Colors are added by using inks

Palletized envelopes and purses 

  • Originally from the Montes de María (Sucre, San Jacinto) 
  • Just like the baskets, they are made with Miratex thread. 
  • This type of article combines different techniques
  • Colors: 
  • RED: What means the strength and vigor of the Wayuú race
  • GREEN: It is located in the center and means trust, hope
  • BLUE: Represents the mysticism and spirituality of the Maicaero man.

long envelopes 

  • They are upholstered with modern techniques such as paleteo 
  • For its elaboration, the needle is used at half a stitch
  • Made with Miratex yarn 
  • For decoration use traditional tassels 
  • His gaza is braid type 
  • Traditional colored inks are used 


  • We have San jacinteras hammocks, one inspired by the vueltiao hat and a traditional one in raw macrame
  • Made with the paletting technique and later woven by hand 
  • Sanjacinteras-type hammocks are dyed to achieve modern colors 
  • The hammock is made up of three parts: head, body, trimmings (fabrics that hang) 
  • Garnishes are made by hand 

flower type backpack  

  • They belong to the Wayuú collection pieces 
  • It consists of a traditional handmade fabric
  • It has tassels and traditional Wayuú flower fabric
  • Its raw material is the Miratex thread 
  • traditional colors 

Basket base backpacks

  • Mix two techniques: traditional weaving and paletting 
  • The symbology reflects the Wayuú daily life of the ranches 
  • They are commonly woven and decorated with geometric figures. 
  • It has a traditional loop with two strands 
  • Its decoration is twisted braids 

Arhuaca backpacks  

  • Arhuacas backpacks are made with virgin wool 
  • The wool is extracted, mainly from the sheep of the Sierra Nevada, it is wound in a skein and if necessary it is dyed. 
  • The figures are chosen by the craftsman who makes the backpack
  • They are made 100% by hand 

embroidered backpacks 

  • Made using the embroidery technique 
  • Embroidered (fabric made in relief) 
  • They have tassels and decoration with braids and bells. 
  • Colors (chosen by the artisans) 
  • Figures: they tell experiences of the artisans and their day to day in the rancherías 
  • Twisted braid type gauze


Paula A. Bonilla

Social communicator and journalist from Sergio Arboleda University in Colombia. She is also a jeweler and is passionate about constantly learning about precious gems and national high jewelry.

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