The most ordinary things are made extraordinary. And the practice of crocheting Wayúu bags is no exception.
So fitting to the magical realism that is present in this beautiful country, the indigenous Wayúu people attribute the art of weaving to a talented little spider called Walekeru. According to legend, the tradition comes from “Wale’kerü”, a spider that teaches women to weave their creative drawings on Wayuu bags. Each design incorporated into each Wayuu bag is unique to the weaver, and tells a story through the bag's colors, patterns, and shapes.
Each Wayuu mother teaches her daughter to weave and crochet, keeping the tradition as alive and vibrant as ever. For the Wayuu, weaving is a symbol of wisdom, intelligence and creativity.
Wayuu women work full days while weaving their Wayuu bags and it can take up to a full month to complete a single bag.