Women's Sun Visors
These sun visors are handmade by Zenú Indian artisans, natives of the Caribbean region of present-day Colombia, South America.
They are woven by hand from strong, yet supple caña flecha fiber; so, they are very durable and flexible, as well as attractive. The natural caña flecha material shows on the interior and the exterior; there is no lining. The tightness of the weave makes this visor an effective sun screen. The brim extends four inches beyond the head band of the visor. The headband fastens in the back by a velcro patch, so the size of the visor is adjustable. The color schemes of most of the designs are neutral, so most of these visors are suitable for men or women.
The caña flecha used to craft these sun visors 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.