Moloconoutayaa Wüittüsü

“The Green Morrocoy Turtle”

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Description

The Morrocoy turtle is a species of land 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 Kanaa.

Here, artist Eloida Pushaina, gives us her interpretation of this traditional Kanaa in luscious greens and blues. A perfect accessory for a casual outfit or a day at the beach.

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, his/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.

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

Additional information

Artisan

Eloida Pushaina

Material

70% cotton, 30% acrylic

Measures

H:21cms; W:27cms

Origin

Clan Pushaina, Barrancas, Baja Guajira, Colombia

Technique

Single Thread

Weaving Time

100 hours

Strap

Hand-loomed

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