We carry bags crafted by several South American Indian tribes, including the Arhuaco, Kogui, Wajuu and Zenú.
Sombrero Vueltiao... "Hat of Laps" Woven from strong caña flecha (arrow cane) fiber, it is very durable, as well as highly attractive. The Zenú Indians of Cordoba State, Colombia make these hats, which are the National symbol of Colombia. Each sombrero is decorated with various "pintas," which record the history of experiences with various things in nature, or natural phenomena. Other pintas commemorate types of music or dance or religious practices. Still others constitute totemic elements, identifying marks of the artisan clan that made them. Certain letters of the alphabet are recorded in pintas. Historically, a gift of a sombrero vueltiao from a woman to a man constituted an invitation to courtship. This hat is made in various quality levels, which vary directly with the number of laps of caña flecha fiber strands used to make the braids that comprise it... 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, and rarely 27 lap hats are made. A 21-lap hat is so supple that it can be folded and carried in a pocket without damaging it- see this video for a live demonstration of this quality: