Pasatalo’ouya, represents the guts of the cow. A traditional kana that represents an important animal for the community. For the Wayúu, wealth is measured by the number of animals owned by the family, with cows being the animals that denote the most wealth.
Deliciously crafted, using the one thread technique, Pasatalo’ouya is a faithful representation of an ancestral pattern by artist Eleidis Epiayú, using the traditional Wayúu colours.
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.