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Born in an area of great musical tradition and craftsmanship, Carmen grew up watching her family knitting yarn colorful hammocks that have made the people of San Jacinto famous, and as a child she learned the art of weaving. She then migrated to the city holding several jobs that allowed her raise her son, but never left the weaving behind because it is a tradition passed down from generation to generation. Currently she and her sister keep a small workshop to make hammocks, bags, and place mats of great beauty and quality.

Comes from a cotton-producing region and a house where women dominated the art of sewing, embroidery and beautiful hand knitting clothes for the family. That childhood lived among crops and cotton warehouses, and the making of crafts learned with her mother and aunts gave Soledad passion for linen, which 23 years ago resulted in a small homemade shop where sleepwear, slippers and women's blouses are always made from 100% cotton and Spanish lace. Soledad feels very proud to contribute to the family finances with their garments of romantic cut, exquisitely made with the help of two artisans, and considered a spiritual gift of inspiration for their designs and their ability to work with this natural fiber.

Handcrafts of the Sierra. In the southeastern slope of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is the indigenous reserve of Kankuamos, one of four pueblos living in this mountain since pre-Hispanic times. Hence, these mochilas (bags) are made from fique, a natural fibre that grows in the leaves of the fique plant, Furcraea andinas. The fiber is dyed with natural dyes extracted from plants. Indira Mendiola, who represents the organization of women Kankuamo, notes that there are 180 women dedicated to keeping alive the knowledge of the yarn, the stitches and techniques to get the dyes from the roots, stems, leaves, flowers and fruits of numerous plant species. It takes seven years for the fique plant to produce fique and many hours of work of men and women for the mochilas to finally take shape in the hands of these artisans from the Sierra.

In the oral tradition of the Wayuu, inhabiting the Guajira peninsula, it is said to be a spider that first taught women the secrets of these unique weave. Since then, the minds and hands of the women of this community have produced a unique style of colorful bags in which symbols represent the twelve Wayuu castes and numerous forms inspired by nature. Today Wayuu bags can be seen on the runways of haute couture, in the windows of department stores or in the street craft stalls of the Venezuelan and Colombian Caribbean.

Among the various species of palms growing in the Colombian Caribbean region, they are given different uses as roofing, mats, hats and food. Among others, Iraca and cañaflecha palms stand out for their soft palms. The first related to the ethnic mokana, who lived in the coastal zone and left a legacy preserved by artisan women Usiacurí area and the second to the ethnic Zenú, who populated much of the interior savannas of the Colombian Caribbean and originated the famous "vueltiao" hat which today represents Colombia to the world.


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