As the legend of Wayúu people in Colombia says women were created from a spider therefore it is in their hands to ‘interweave’ whatever they need …
Literally for the indigenous Wayúu people, knowing how to weave is a symbol of creativity, intelligence and wisdom, a practice that is past on from one generation to the next, during puberty when girls can only be around their female relatives who teach them all the duties and social behavior that Wayúu women must possess.
This tradition, is embraced by Hilo Sagrado Foundation creating a sustainble social business where women are enabled to produce hand made products based on their traditional practicies.
Hilo Sagrado Foundation supports the marketing and selling of the products, providing an income for the women and their families.
Furthermore, profits are fedback into the community and the school, where 200 children from different ethnic groups attend.
The designs are patterns of geometrical shapes and each item is made by one woman; therefore each product is one of a kind, arduous handcraft . i.e. it takes between 20 to 30 days for a bag.The Hilo Sagrado collections, includes garments, scarfs, shoes, and accessories, along with homeware decorative items such as pillowes, hammocks, fabricks and many more products.
The Hilo Sagrado Foundation