... Small Billfold, Billeteras de hombre

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Small Billfold 1
Small Billfold 2
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Small Billfold 3
This billfold's interior is similar to billfold 1, this page.
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Small Billfold 4
This billfold's interior is similar to billfold 1, this page.
Small Billfold 5
This billfold's interior is similar to billfold 1, this page.
Small Billfold 6
This billfold's interior is similar to billfold 1, this page.

Small Billfolds
Billeteras de hombre


​These small billfolds are handmade by Zenú Indian artisans, natives of the Caribbean region of present-day Colombia, South America.

Hand woven from strong caña flecha (arrow cane) fiber, this small billfold is very durable, as well as stylish.  Its compactness, 3 inches by 4-1/2 inches folded, makes it a man's wallet, a billetera de hombre; it fits easily into a pocket.  It unfolds to 9 inches by 4-1/2 inches.  The exterior is all caña flecha; the interior is heavy black fabric with caña flecha braids sewn into it, and the bill compartment is lined with black fabric.  There are three interior slots for cards.

​The caña flecha used to make this small billfold 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, see our blog post titled "Manufacturing and Tinting Caña Flecha Fiber Strips for Handmade Apparel Accessories.

Indeed, 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.
Wallet Dimensions: 9" X 4-1/2", unfolded, 3" X 4-1/2", folded
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