A Culture, Made Guayú Backpacks (Wuyúu)


Guayú (Wuyúu) backpacks have history. Legend has it that this technique was revealed by Wale'Kerü (a spider) who taught the community to weave on a moonlit night in exchange for a donkey or a goat. At dawn, the inhabitants of the Ranchería saw the girdles, backpacks and hammocks that the spider had created. Not only did the twisted threads emanate from the mouth of Wale'Kerü, ready to be worked, but also, with his legs, he traveled geometrically shaped surfaces to instruct the designs that the community would decipher and capture.

The Arijunas, which in Wuayunaiqui means white, we know the Wuyúu mainly from the Guayú Backpacks (Wuyúu) that have permeated and fascinated the market, due to their diversity of colors, shapes and versatility. But the Backpack that you buy today for fashion has all an ancestral and cultural value within the Wuyúu.

Legend has it that this technique was revealed by Wale'Kerü (a spider) who taught the community to weave on a moonlit night in exchange for a donkey or a goat. At dawn, the inhabitants of the Ranchería saw the girdles, backpacks and hammocks that the spider had created. Not only did the twisted threads emanate from the mouth of Wale'Kerü, ready to be worked, but also, with his legs, he traveled geometrically shaped surfaces to instruct the designs that the community would decipher and capture.

The woman who received the secrets and art of weaving from Wale'Kerü taught it to other women and that is how the entire ethnic group learned the trade.

The first woven objects are the Chinchorros, because this piece is essential in the Wuyúu, there they sleep, procreate, are born, are the dining room, the reception room, and finally, the eternal rest, since they are buried there.

But the Guayú Backpack (Wuyúu), is the piece that has had the greatest success, it is a very well sold item both in Colombia and abroad and this art since 2011, has the distinction of "Denomination of Origin", which protects the intellectual property rights of the Wuyúu community such as Colombian handicrafts.

The Guayú (Wuyúu) Backpacks are a true reflection of the Wuyúu culture, in it are reflected their feelings, the objects of their daily life and in themselves, their cosmogony. In them you find geometric figures that represent from the shell of a turtle to the tracks left by a horse. The base of the Backpack is very similar to a cobweb, and it is usual to find spider-shaped figures, as a way of thanking Wale'Kerü (spider) for the craft of weaving; which has not only made them known about their ethnicity, but also represents the maximum expression of their culture, where women learn the trade by watching their mothers, aunts and grandmothers knit, which they perfect during the "confinement", which according to the Wuyúu tradition must be fulfilled by minor women when they become young ladies, this occurs with their first menstrual cycle.

Therefore, when you buy a Backpack in Colombiamarkets, more than artisan fashion, you are acquiring a garment of ancestral value, in that Backpack you carry: creativity, intelligence and wisdom of Wuyúu life. We invite you to know the catalog of products that we have available HERE #CompraColombiano.