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Córdoba department (North Colombia, close to the Caribbean Sea).
These bangles are made of caña flecha (Gynerium sagittatum), a tall tropical grass belonging to the botanical family of the Poaceae, which grows up to five meters of height. First washed, then cut into thin strips, dryed and dyed, the fiber of the leaves is then woven. This pre-columbian tradition is kept alive by the Zenú indians.
Sophisticated version of the traditional bangles with silver endings.
Chocó department (West Colombia, close to the Pacific Ocean).
The Chocó forest is the place in the world where the biodiversity is the most important. The Noanama Indians ( a group of 3.000 people) use the fiber of the werregue palm tree to make baskets. The men pick the young sprouts and the women fray the leaves, dye the fiber and weave the baskets. The colours are natural: red is obtained from the “roucou”. To turn them black, the fibers are buried during a few days. To produce one basket requires between one to twelve months, depending on the size. These baskets show the harmony of nature and the ancestral traditions.
Cundinamarca department (around Bogota).
Paja blanca (saccharum spontaneum) is a kind of wild sugar cane. Once selected, the straw is mounted into mats and dried for 4 days. After the dying, they boil the straw in a mixture of pigments, salt and vinegar. The straw is then cooled in water and sun-dried for 5 days. It is finally plaited with sisal strings.
Boyaca department (North of Bogota).
AS’ART has a partnership with a dynamic cooperative of about thirty Guacamaya families, who use fique (family of the sisal) in a colourful and modern way.
A contemporary version of the traditional fique baskets. The fibers and metals (copper or stain) are combined.
Guajira department (the most septentrional of Colombia, located in the Guajira’s peninsula which enters the Caribbean Sea).
These bags (mochilas) are made by Wayuu Indian women from the Wayuu tribe. The technique is crochet. The cotton thread is produced by Miratex.
Hermit crabs, lezards, frogs, snails, dragons, crocodiles, butterflies, etc.