Siruma Paalaa

“The Sun and the Sea” 

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Selected Features

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

Description

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.

Additional information

Colombia
Origin: Barrancas, Colombia
Artisan

Eva Epiayú

Material

70% cotton, 30% acrylic

Measures

H:26cms, W:34cms

Origin

Clan Epiayú, Barrancas, Baja Guajira, Colombia

Technique

Single Thread

Weaving Time

90 hours

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