Bringing some Colombian colours and treasures to you.
Whilst curating our new upcoming here in Colombia, I immediately felt drawn to the brands Oropendola and Bamboleira. Having grown up in Colombia, certain craftmanship techniques such as Macrame and Werregue are not new to me, however the way these designers use this traditional hand craft and give it a modern twist, is truly inspiring to me.
Oropendola’s founder and designer Carolina has adapted the technique of Markrame, usually used in wall hangings, to create pieces of clothing resembling wearable art.
I am also fascinated by the designs of Natalia, founder of Bamboleira, who uses an ancient technique called Werreque, typically used to create decorative plates and vases. Using Werregue leaves, creating striking eye catchers. Both Carolina and Nataliahave managed to find a way to keep their tradition and craftmanship alive, whilst infusing them wuth a whole new life.SHOP NOW
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Discover the Technique of our Machita Kumare Bags
The Artisan begins by extracting the thin fibers from the Cumare leaves
The fiber is then washed to remove the sap and hung up to dry
The Artisan uses natural dye originating from flowers, rocks and fruits
The fibers are left to soak in warm water with soap for a day
Done entirely by hand, the fibers are then twisted into long strong strands used for weaving
There is a variety of ways in which the Cumare strands can be woven and accessorised such as with beads and fringes
Bamboleira is a Colombian brand of jewelry and fashion accessories that entered the market in 2015. It was founded by Natalia Sanchez who, driven by her cretivity 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.Learn More