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      Why Helping the Wayuu is Enriching

      Why Helping the Wayuu is Enriching

      Why Helping the Wayuu is Enriching

      The natives of La Guajira, Colombia are called the Wayuu people and learning about them might change your life. They are struggling not because they are lazy or not talented as that is definitely not the case. In fact, after learning about them, you will find that they are simply the victims of their geographical situation. They just happen to be in the wrong place.

      It is not as if La Guajira is not fruitful or completely barren as that is not the case as well. You can say that another reason why they need your help is that they are also abandoned. Their government seems to be busy attending to other matters and they are simply forgotten.

      It is just a good thing that there are people with good hearts who discover the place and the Wayuu people. They can’t just seem to leave them after knowing the circumstances they’re in. They did their best so they will be helped in the most effective manner. It’s about the Wayuu peoples primary needs which are water and education and that is where we focus. 

      The thing with the Wayuu people is while their location might not be the most welcoming, it is also not entirely unhelpful. In fact, is said that one should visit their place at least once in their lifetime. The reason is this place is quite unique in its own way. You will discover a lot of things that an ordinary desert does not have. In fact, here in La Guajira, you will find flamingos and other species of birds. At the same time, you will also be enthralled by their beautiful beaches which are not the same as the other areas of the country. 

      La Guajira is not your ordinary desert and the Wayuu people are not your ordinary natives. In fact, if you look, you will find out that they are quite talented. They are skilled in making ethical bags which are quite famous in their area. Because of this, they attract tourists. Well, it’s not just bags actually as they also produce other products with their bare hands. You can check out our website to see for yourself how beautiful and unique their products are. Even without meaning to help, I am still pretty sure you will be attracted to buy from them. Their products are simply on the different level. You cannot find the same quality in any store, we source the best of the best.

      Yes, the natives of La Guajira are not just any natives you probably heard about from any outback areas. They have this skill that no one can compete. You can say that they are on the different level when it comes to their weaving skills. That is why they have able to survive. They have a lot of advocates helping them as a lot of people are fascinated with what they can do. 

      La Guajira might not be the most visited places in Colombia, but it is sure endowed with the most skilled artisans.

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      Who are the Wayúu?

      Who are the Wayúu?

      The Wayuu People and Their Handmade Products 

      There are many indigenous communities in South America and the Wayuu people are the largest and oldest group. The community is surviving based on traditional weaving and crocheting. 

      The Wayuu people have a strong cultural root and are careful to maintain the tradition by any means. They live in the Venezuela and northern peninsula of Colombia with basically a ‘six hundred years’ old culture. 

      The Wayuu community contains more than 400,000 people and a notable amount of them are very skilled weaver. Most of the Wayuu people live in the desert and most of the time in insecure conditions. 

      The Wayuu people struggle to survive however they continue showing their creativity to the world. They are talented and that comes through their handmade cross body bag and all other artisan products.

      The Reason behind Weaving and Crocheting 

      There is a myth in the Wayuu community that the wise spider Wale’keru performed as a teacher and taught the women of the community how to weave and crochet.

      Wale’keru also taught them how to make the weaving more unique and graceful. The Wayuu women learned how to get ideas from their daily activities, dreams, people around them, personal experience and natural beauty. The design should be unique and a real reflection of the Wayuu woman. 

      The Wayuu people used their weaving and crocheting for various purposes. They earn from their products and sustain their unshielded daily lives. They sleep in handmade Hammocks, carry their products around in beautiful mochila bags, use stunning hats protect them from the sun. 

      How Wayuu People Survive 

      The Wayuu people carry an oral tradition, and the oldest as well as significant cultural heritage. The women play a vital role in the community. They are teaching the ancestor’s lessons, rituals, and traditional weaving into the new generations. 

      Their goal is to maintain a strong unification among all the members of the community. They realize that only proper teachings can help them to unite.


      Our Process to Help the Wayuu People 

      Our team searches the Wayuu community to find those expert weavers who make handmade products including Crossbody bag, hats, etc. Our goal is to bring these pieces of art to the world while at the same time sharing profits with the Wayuu people, so that they may continue their traditions and way of life for years to come.

      Every fair-trade item we carry, carries the Wayuu tradition; each unique bag tells a story. 

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