From: Milan, Caquetá (Colombia)

KOREGUAJE Indigenous Community

They use a natural fiber from the Cumare plant to weave the mochilas using the crochet technique. The color palette comes from different natural pigments.

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The Caquetá region begins at the foot of the Andean mountain and ends in the Amazon jungle. With the exception of the populations located at the base of the mountain, and a few indigenous hamlets on the banks of the great rivers, the rest of the territory is practically uninhabited and covered with thick humid tropical rainforest.

Before the Spanish conquest, these lands were occupied by numerous indigenous groups, many of which subsist today. Part of their cultural legacy is represented by petroglyphs. The community Korebaju, which means “children of the earth”, were previously known as Guajes, Payagaxes, Guaques and Piojés. Its economy depends on agriculture, fishing and crafts. They make mud artifacts, such as totoro pots for cooking and for roasting coca; they also weave misirü backpacks with cumare fiber, with which men make the hâurü hammocks. They also craft yowü canoes and yowati oars to navigate the rivers.