How did this passion begin?
Growing up I always loved learning about other cultures, traveling and eating different types of food. I also loved helping people. I found out that I could do what I love most by being a social worker. After a trip I took to Colombia to visit my family I knew immediately that I wanted to incorporate my social work passion with that of being a female entrepreneur. I took the plunge and here I am.
What do you want our community to learn about the Wayuu culture?
Each Wayuu mother teaches her daughter how to weave and crochet, keeping the tradition alive. To the Wayuu, weaving is a symbol of wisdom, intelligence, and creativity. As young Wayuu women come of age, they learn to create Mochilas Wayuu bags. They even have a popular saying: “To be a woman is to know how to weave.” Their techniques are passed from generation to generation of women, making it one of the primary traditional aspects of the tribe, included as a rite of passage. Mochilas and other woven creations have become a means of economical income for Wayuu women who sell them to tourists or people outside their tribe. The mochilas have raised awareness of the tribe, as well as the critical conditions they face.
Tell us more about the products featured in the Spiritú Winter Box!
Meraki Wayuu included large colorful handmade Pom Poms made from polyester yarn. These were all hand-knitted in Colombia by the indigenous Wayuu artisans of Rioacha, La Guajira, They can be used as handbag charms or key chains. I am proud to say that a total of 30 people were benefited by Spiritú's purchase.