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    WAYUU TEXTILE ORIGIN

    WAYUU TEXTILE ORIGIN

    DID YOU KNOW  ABOUT THE ORIGIN OF THE WAYUU TEXTILE?

    There are many versions of the origin of these weaving techniques that are so representative of the culture of Colombia, however the most famous is the legend of the Wale'Kerü spider.

    This legend says that this weaving spider was the one who taught the Wayuu woman to weave. It all starts with a girl, who approached the spider and recognized and admired the way she wove. The spider was moved by the girl's words and decided to teach her the art of weaving. According to this, the girl spent several moons weaving and learning all the weaving techniques. When the girl was ready, the spider disappeared and she returned a woman full of knowledge, knowledge that she shared with the women of the community.

     

     

    RITE OF "EL ENCIERRO"

    To keep the art and culture around Wayuu weaving, the communities practice a ritual when girls are given an initiation. This practice is carried out from their first menstruation, where nutrition and body care is very important. Girls are prepared for this moment around the age of eight, where mothers and grandmothers talk to them about that moment. Once the first bleeding appears, the girl enters the ritual phase where she remains lying on a hammock hanging from the ceiling. According to this, the girl must cut all ties with her male brothers. Once this is over, their hair is cut and they are bathed at midnight in the presence of guests who are essential members of the community. From there, the girls begin learning about the importance of being a Wayuu woman based on weaving techniques, This process can take from six months to a year counted in moons and suns. 

    The presence of Wayuu women in the community is super important and this is the way in which they have transmitted and preserved their culture through generations.

     

     

    CASTELLANO SETS

    CASTELLANO SETS

    BRACELET SETS

    The best way to wear our bracelets is by using combinations with different styles and colors, sometimes it is difficult for us to find a way to combine them or which ones we could combine, that is why we have created several sets thinking about ways to combine them and complement with your look. Each bracelet is unique, the patterns and colors are typical of the brand and inspired by the Wayuu culture, each one takes a minimum of twelve hours to weave, our bracelets are more than a beautiful accessory, they are a clear representation of the culture and technique ancestral weave of the biggest indigenous community in Colombia.

    Set Guainía, one of our latest sets. This set has three authentic bracelets from the brand, each one with special characteristics. Starting with our Kalepsu bracelets in Aqua color with a mix of quartz and a gold-plated pendant with a symbol inspired by the Wayuu culture, a Give back Gold which is made up of distinct colors in pastel tones, is a quite striking bracelet. Finally, our skinny in vanilla color, uses earthy colors and is ideal to complement the other bracelets as it is thinner, without ignoring that each piece has its characteristic Swarovski crystal that gives a unique touch to the traditional fabric and we import directly from Austria, these bracelets are perfect to wear with gold accessories.

    SET PLAYA, is a mix of pastel colors, composed of 2 free spirit bracelets, with semi-precious stones and in lime tones, there is also the free spirit with gold-plated rings in ice and red wine colors. Finally, the Be The Change Dalia bracelet in pastel tones. 

    This set looks good with gold or silver accessories and the Swarovski crystals give them a unique shine.

    SOCIAL IMPACT

    By purchasing your bracelets you contribute with a donation of water to the communities, in addition to supporting the work and traditional weaving of our artisans.

    You can find these and more combos in the BUNDLE – SETS section, the sets have a 15% discount.

    Kaisipaichi Community - North Colombia

    Kaisipaichi Community - North Colombia

    Wayuu women open the doors of their community and share an afternoon with us. We share this video of our visit in La Guajira.
    
    We still have memories and photographs of the Kaisipaichi community in the north of La Guajira. We bring you closer to the Wayuu culture and its ancestral weaving techniques unique to Colombia 🇨🇴.
    
    There is always a story behind everything we do, a face that is hidden in the fabrics but that is the essence of a culture. On our last work trip with the artisans we met new Wayuu artisans, brave and wise women who share their art and the experience of their lives with us.
    
    •To be a Wayuu Woman is to know how to weave• Colombia 🇨🇴 March - 2023.

    Castellano - Comunidad Wayuu 2023 from CASTELLANO ETHNIC ORIGINS on Vimeo.

     

    GUAJIRA VISIT - MARCH 2023

    GUAJIRA VISIT - MARCH 2023

    Learn about our latest visits to La Guajira region, where we share time with the artisans and their families. Likewise, where we show you the essence of the Wayuu culture and how you can connect with an ancestral region full of culture in northern Colombia. The Wayuu land is beautiful. The Wayuu Law is very organized and strict with its inhabitants. We have managed, for the last 8 years, to enter this legendary and brave indigenous community,  who have opened the doors for us, to work together to improve the livelihood of their artisans.


    Interview with the Wayuu Artisans

    Interview with the Wayuu Artisans

    Interview with a Wayuu artisan leader, learn about our first visit this year to her community. After 7 years of constant work, we share our experience within the community and how they have resumed their productive lives after the pandemic. “With Wayuu textiles, artisans can have a better quality of life and help maintain the nutrition of their homes. It is also a way for them to pass on the traditional knowledge of weaving to their children to keep the culture alive.”
    
    “We weave with our hearts ♥️ to take into your hands not only our history but our knowledge that characterizes us and defines us as a Wayuu culture...”
    We are at the service of artisans, creating a work team to the benefit of all. Castellano is a venture that believes that dreams that are born from the heart will come true with happiness, no matter how hard they may seem. Perseverance and constant work always bear fruit ♥️🇨🇴☀️...

    Castellano - Entrevista 1 marzo 2023 from CASTELLANO ETHNIC ORIGINS on Vimeo.