The pattern on this is bag is called Karatshu. Itrepresents the traditional hat used by Wayúu men during the community’s cultural events.
Artist Silenis Epiayú, gives us her personal take on the traditional attire of the Wayúu man.
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.