Karatshu Miyo’u

“The Big Hat”

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Description

Karatshu represents the traditional hat used by Wayúu men during the community’s cultural events.
Artist Laura Epieyú, gives us here, her personal interpretation of the man’s attire.

The use of color by the Wayúu women does not necessarily represent anything in particular. Colours are used to represent the artist’s mood, her life, environment, her universe. Bright colours represent happiness, joy, satisfaction, whereas earth and ocre tones represent nostalgia, sadness or melancholy.

Each plato is different for each bag. They usually depict important memories in the life of the artisan, such as their children, their joys and sorrows. However this piece does not display a very elaborate plato, in order to let the wearer focus and appreciate its fantastic pattern instead.

Each unique Wayúu bag is a peek into the universe that each artist has within.

Additional information

Colombia
Origin: Barrancas, Colombia
Artisan

Laura Epieyú

Material

70% cotton, 30% acrylic

Measures

H:24 cms; W:25cms

Origin

Clan Epieyú, Cabo de la Vela, Alta Guajira, Colombia

Technique

Double Thread

Weaving Time

30 hours

Strap

Hand-braided

Note This is a hand-made product. Variations in size and small imperfections can be present in the product.