Have you ever wondered how long it takes to weave a Wayuu bag? Wayuu bags are one of the best-known Colombian crafts and are undoubtedly the flagship craft of the Wayuu indigenous people.
The existing diversity in Wayuu bags is infinite. The extensive designs and colors used in its production make it a demanding craft. It has also positioned itself in the artisan market in many countries. You may even have them within your store’s product portfolio!
But do you ever ponder how long it takes to weave a Wayuu bag? Of course, it all depends on the type of Wayuu bag you want and the artisan’s skill. In the following article, we will take the long Wayuu bag as an example, the most common and the one you must have seen.
The time it takes to weave a long Wayuu bag varies. It is knit with either one or two strands. In one strand (thread), an artisan, depending on her skill, can take 18 to 25 days. This type of weaving is neater, and few artisans weave in two strands. On the other hand, a long Wayuu bag woven in two threads can take approximately 5 to 8 days. The fabric is thicker and more artisans weave in this way.
So, regardless of the type of Wayuu bag, we know that the manufacturing process takes many days instead of hours. Therefore, it is vital to keep Fairtrade in mind before buying any handicraft. In this way, you will be contributing to the artisans being able to work with dignity.
At Comolulo, we corroborate to work directly with artisans, and our priority is to promote their indigenous work. Know our catalog of handicrafts here
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By Carolyne González