... Womens Trifold Wallets, Carteras para Mujer

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Women's Trifold Wallet 1
Wallet Dimensions: 9-3/4" X 6", unfolded, 3-3/4" X 6", folded
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Women's Trifold Wallet 3
This wallet's interior is similar to wallet number 1, this page.
Women's Trifold Wallet 2

Women's Trifold Wallets
Carteras para Mujer


​These women's trifold wallets are handmade by Zenú Indian artisans, natives of the Caribbean region of present-day Colombia, South America.

They are woven from strong caña flecha (arrow cane) fiber; so, they are very durable, as well as attractive.  This wallet is large, 3-3/4 inches by 6 inches folded, well suited to carrying in your hand or purse; although it will fit in a back pants pocket.  It unfolds to 9-3/4 inches by 6 inches.  Its size and coloration make it a ladies wallet, a cartera para mujer (in Spanish), although some of the designs are neutral.  The exterior is all woven 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 craft this women's trifold wallet 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 Tintng 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.​
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