Siruma, the sun and paalaa, the sea, represents the essence of the Wayúu people. Their territory is located in the northernmost tip of the South American continent, with the Caribbean bathing their land, and a perpetually blue sky.
Colors for the Wayúu nation, don’t have specific meanings, unlike other indigenous nations. 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 used when the artist is feeling happy or satisfied.
The Plato (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 and immediate environment.
Each unique Wayúu Bag is a peek into the universe that each artist has within.