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 Kanaas.
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.
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.