Large Tote White & Blue

“The Big Morrocoy Turtle”

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Selected Features

  • Hand-made
  • Single Thread
  • Protected Denomination of Origin
  • UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • 180 hours of work

Description

The Morrocoy turtle is a species of turtle found in Colombia. Culturally, it is an important animal for the Wayúu people. The earliest archeological remains indicate that turtles were used for religious, commercial and nutritional purposes, thus the Morrocoy is represented by its own Kanasü.

Here, artist María Cristina Epiayú, presents us her own personal take on this ancestral drawing. Instead of the traditional two lines, she stamped just one.

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.

Additional information

Colombia
Origin: Barrancas, Colombia
Artisan

María Cristina Epiayú

Material

70% cotton, 30% acrylic

Measures

H:34cms, W:42cms

Origin

Clan Epiayú, Barrancas, Baja Guajira, Colombia

Technique

Single Thread

Weaving Time

180 hours

Strap

Hand-loomed

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