BAMBOLEIRA is a Colombian brand of jewelry and fashion accessories that entered the market in 2015. It was founded by NATALIA SÁNCHEZ who, driven by her creativity and support for the talent of her country, undertook the path towards the creation of unique pieces that would express the World authenticity of every woman.
The need to have a differential value in the accessories, led BAMBOLEIRA to an exhaustive search for indigenous manufacturing, finding identification in the creative majesty of the WOUNAAN NONAN NAAN community.
The pieces created for the collections ‘Mystique’, ‘Origins’ and ‘Pacifico’ become artistic works that tell the essence of Colombia through the tissues in Werregue, an artisanal technique that for centuries has been part of the traditions of the community.
The hands of ten mothers head of the family are responsible for giving life to the creations of BAMBOLEIRA, made with the finest threads obtained from Werregue’s palm and hand painted with vibrant colors that characterize the brand.
BAMBOLEIRA is committed to conserving and respecting the value that the family has for the indigenous community, for this reason, the method and working time are in sync with the roles of artisans who are part of the BAMBOLEIRA family. In addition to fairly remunerating their talent and dedication.
In the dense jungle of the Chocó region live the Wounaan indigenous people, famous in the handicrafts world because of their fine woven baskets. They use the fibers of the Astrocaryum standleyanum palm tree, more commonly known as “Werregue”, to make what is considered the finest basketry in the country. 800 artisan families derive their livelihood from this technique. The baskets are made with the spiral technique, using a cord such as “soul” or “gut”, spinning around it with a thinner thread. The fibers are dried in the sun and the thin threads are twisted and shined by friction. The braiding constitutes of walls so solid that it even allows the transportation of water. The manual skill of the artisan woman is shaping the container with decoration of geometric figures, schematic representations of men and animals, leaves and seeds, all coming from the imagination of the artisan, expressing in themselves the appreciation of the universe that indigenous people have.
It includes the jungles of Darién and the basins of the Atrato and San Juan rivers. It is the only department in Colombia with coasts on the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Chocó is also the only department bordering with Panama and is therefore connecting the two continents. In it is the ecoregion that probably has the greatest rainfall on the planet. In the 15th century, the European conquerors arrived at the Urabá Chocoano, known by the name of Darién, inhabited by indigenous, sedentary hunters and fishermen, belonging to the Kunas, Chocoes, Noanamaes (Kunas, Emberas and Waunaans). Inside the Chocoana jungles inhabit the Wounaan or Noanamá indigenous people, recognized in the artisanal world for the fineness of their baskets or “Werregue cocas”.