Hand Woven Rings
These hand woven rings, anillos tejidos (in Spanish), are crafted by Zenú Indian artisans, natives of the Caribbean region of present-day Colombia, South America. They consist of caña flecha (arrow cane) fiber strips woven over a blank.
The caña flecha used to make this hand woven ring is grown, harvested and processed to make fiber strips that are used to weave a wide variety of apparel accessories. This work is performed by Zenú Indian artisans on a reservation near the town of San Andrés de Sotavento in Córdoba State, Colombia, South America. The processing methods implemented are traditional, handed down from generation to generation. Dyes used to color the fiber strips are likewise traditional, made from plants using customary recipes. For a complete description of how Zenú Indian artisans process caña flecha for weaving purposes, refer to our blog post titled "Manufacturing and Tinting Caña Flecha Fiber Strips for Handmade Apparel Accessories." Weaving is central to contemporary Zenú culture. Applying knowledge to transform simple materials into useful things, as in weaving, expresses the Zenú concept of everything happening under the sun. Indeed, the difference between materials, or components, and finished products is the knowledge of how to incorporate the former to obtain the latter. Weaving illustrates the Zenú concept of how everything comes into being. The Zenú often coded knowledge of various things in figures that appear in the weave of their products, particularly the sombrero vueltiao. Information about these figures, called pintas, is available in our gallery, and in our literature about the sombrero vueltiao.
Let the pattern visible in the weave of your hand woven ring serve as a reminder of a special sequence of steps, an arrangement, an exercise or something else that you would like to keep handy!