The contrast of the La Guajira desert.

Nov 1 2020

El contraste del desierto de La Guajira

Wayuú Bags are the greatest exponent of their handicrafts, they are easily recognizable by their vivid colors and tribal designs. Backpacks are woven in crochet or with a sewing crochet. 

The diversity of colors present in typical handicrafts corresponds to the introduction of acrylic fibers by the Spanish Catholic missionaries of the Colony. Although traditional wayuu backpacks were made in natural fibers of species endemic to the region such as fique (Furcraea Andina) and sheep’s wool, which these tinctured with natural pigments. 

Currently commercial backpacks that are woven by the community are made in acrylic or polymer derivatives (industrialized fibers).