The pattern in this bag is called Antajiraasüyaa and it represents “all that which intersects”. The Kanasü are the geometric patterns used by the Wayuu to represent their environment, life and traditions. Their meanings are varied and can represent animals, plants or important objects for everyday life. Some Kanasü depict more philosophical elements, such as life, cyclicality, duality, etc.
Colors don’t have specific meanings for the Wayúu. However, as the bag is meant to capture a piece of the artist’s life, colors are associated with the state of mind. Bright colors are often used when the artist is feeling happy or satisfied.
The Plato or bottom, is different for every bag and Wayúu artists are known for not repeating platos. They represent dear aspects of the artist’s life, such as their family, emotions or dreams.