A chinchorro is the centrepiece of each room in the house. It is used for sleep and guarding personal belongings. An artist will devout up to eight months to hand-weave a hammock one strand of fabric at a time on a vertical loom. The skirt and tassels are a delicate show of vivid patterns designed with a crochet technique. Furthermore, a Wayuu hammock tells a unique story and adventure through its patterns, shapes, and colours.
Wayuu people cherish their hammocks, and it shows the love, pride, and value hey dedicate to a generational style of weaving authentic Wayuu artefacts.
A Wayuu (Wah-You) hammock tells a unique story and adventure. Our hammocks are meticulously handcrafted by Wayuu indigenous women with the paletiado technique (using a loom) from the Guajira region of northern Colombia and northwest Venezuela.The bottom section (the skirt) is threaded with a crochet technique. One hammock takes up to eight months to produce. They hang a hammock in their small pichii (house) where they sleep and store personal belongings. You will display your hammock with pride, love, and value it forever, like the Wayuu people.
La Guajira is a department of Colombia. It fills the majority of the La Guajira Peninsula in the northeast region of Colombia, on the Caribbean Sea and straddles the border of Colombia and Venezuela It’s capital city is Riohacha. The first settler known to place a foot on La Guajira was Juan de la Cosa in 1499. During the colonial area, the department was a tangled mess of dispute amongst carious groups. Amongst them, were English pirates, Frenchman, and Germans. The first settlement was a small town called Riohacha. In 1964, the Department of La Guajira was shaped.
Amongst a majestic panoramic, is the spectacular Caribbean Sea Peninsula of La Guajira. Northern Colombia is an isolated region divided by serene blue waters and is painted by the stunning colours of Wayuu handcrafts: the famous Wayuu chinchorro (hammock) and Mochila bag. It is an area blended by reality and fantasy, serenity and hardship. The land, the water, the people, and the animals create one of the most different and unforeseen regions you will explore in the Caribbean.
In the department of La Guajira, live 846, 609 people. The Wayuu (Wah-You) people do not like to be called “natives.” They are talented artisans who weave magnificent pieces of art, which illustrate a unique story. Unfortunately, the Wayuu people do not receive much of the financial assistance the government claims to provide. Because of this, the people depend on selling their products to provide social-economic support for their families.
A traditional Wayuu settlement (rancherias) consist of five to six small house (piichi or miichi), made of wood for the posts and frame, and mud and clay to make cement to form the walls of the house. Inside the house, hammocks are suspended for sleep and to store personal belongings. Their hammocks are the most valued and loved personal items.
It is a cultural symbol that depicts a story about a lifestyle built around a way of weaving handcrafted items.
The Wayuu people are farmers, caretakers, and artisans. At a young age, the girls of the family are taken aside by their mother and grandmother to learn how to weave these items. Form them, this is an educational process to perfect the art of weaving authentic Wayuu items. Life is busy for the Wayuu people. They split their time between farming, caring for children, and weaving.
A typical mochila is constructed by a crochet process, a series of small stitched knots of a one or two-thread style. A one-thread weaved mochila takes 30 days to produce, whereas a two-thread weaved mochila takes 15 days to craft.
Women make the mochilas and chinchorros, and the men do the belts, bracelets, and strap for the mochila. The men use a weaving process for the straps, and combine the colours of the mochila with the strap. The process for a chinchorro is similar, but longer, more intricate, and delicate process, which ends in a stunning display of colours and patterns.