Hilo Sagrado, Colombia
Since 2013 Hilo Sagrado has implemented a model of inclusive development which recognises the deep cultural legacy and value of artisan communities in Latin America, and which seeks to empower women with the tools that allow them to improve their quality of life.
Through education, economic empowerment and sustainable development, Hilo Sagrado aim is that the communities that they work with can become self-sustainable, providing women with the necessary tools to become micro-entrepreneurs, to take ownership of their own work, and to escape from extreme poverty.
Since then, Hilo Sagrado, increased the number of artisan women supported from 17 to 150, empowering 5 women leaders in the communities that they work with. Thus, they have been able to provide social benefits such as access to water and education to over 500 beneficiaries in Wayuú indigenous communities.
Technique & Design
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.
Importantly, the women use traditional techniques in weaving the mochilas for the Foundation. This not only preserves the culture of the Wayúu, but also ensures that the products are of the highest quality.
Through this mixture of eco-friendly, artisanal techniques and modern, fair-trade, business methods the long term goal of the Foundation is that the Wayúu women will be able to sustain themselves and their families through the sale of their handiwork.
However, until that dream is realized, the Foundation also helps the Wayúu in any way it can. For example, by paying for children aged five to twelve to go to school, paying for school uniforms, even coordinating donations of school materials, toothpaste and other basic necessities.
Wayúu Indigenous Community Handicrafts
EXPLAINED WITH A LEGEND...
As the legend of Wayúu people in Colombia says that 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.