The richness and diversity of the Lapü community has been the starting point for the creation of products made by hand by these Colombian women. From generation to generation their traditions remain alive and see the principal source of income for their family development in this woven art.
LAPÜ, is a trademark weaving tradition, joy, color and the dreams of Colombia.
Love for life, nature as inspiration and the color of the Caribbean is present in each product, the LAPÜ community supports the work of many women who are heads of household by means of respect for the work and price fair.
LAPÜ is a brand helps support communities for Colombian artisans offering customers original products, handmade with ancestral techniques, but with a contemporary design that conform to an organic lifestyle, with a taste for the traditional, social awareness and respect for the cultural.
Provide original products
Products made from natural materials contribute to the preservation of different traditions
LAPÜ is a mark committed to different communities Colombian; this supports the marketing of woven handicrafts from different regions of the country. For that reason, our product portfolio includes products entirely made by hand, with a contemporary design, based on respect for the tradition and to support causes social to contributing to the economic development of communities that rely on the project. It’s premised respect for a job fair price, working conditions and cultural traditions.
For our first collection, we take as a base the Mochilas (backpacks) made by the Wayú community, to understand a little more about the richness that contains each of the products we offer, we will put into your consideration some background of the Wayuu culture and backpacks that they produce for our customers:
The word tissue comes from Latin texture which means ‘knitting’, ‘braid’ or ‘build’, and named a trade that since the beginning of civilization, has formed an essential part of the life of man, using different plant fibers or animal has been able to build networks of daily use which allow you to dress up, store, transport, hunting, fishing and even rest. But the tissue has also been seen as an art object, allowing express feelings, spirituality and the needs to communicate identity and often their connection with nature.
Colombia has not been unfamiliar to this occupation, traditionally people have passed their knowledge and skills from generation to generation, for this reason, the country has a rich culture and a great diversity that can be seen along its geography, for example the Werregue of Choco, basketry in Guaviare, tissues of iraca palm on the Atlantic coast or the center of the country , the Nobsa¬|s cape coat ”ruanas” or artistic tissue of Guacamayas in Boyacá, the hat “sombrero vueltiao” of cane arrow (cultural symbol of the country) in the savanna of the Sinú River, the hammocks of San Jacinto Bolivar, not to mention the beautiful and colorful Wayú tissues that are the main inspiration for our brand.
The Wayú people
The Wayú live in Colombia and Venezuela, to the North of South America. They are the descendant of the Arawak family. They are currently the largest indigenous group in Colombia, living in the peninsula of La Guajira, on the Caribbean Sea, and despite the innovations of the modern world they preserved their cultural wealth, speak their language, maintain their religion, respect their dead and believe that death is not the end of the road.
The Indians Wayú are dedicated primarily to the grazing, and livestock is the primary wealth, and also prestige and profit motive is used to negotiate and close deals as marriages. Their society is divided into clans, distributed along the Caribbean coast in ranches; they are governed by the traditional authority and an indigenous system of administration of Justice.
Traditionally the man can have several women, while the woman stays at home and is a symbol of respect and unity, therefore have a responsibility to teach traditions to their daughters; so when girls reach adolescence, they remain in a closure between two months to two years, where they prepare them to be wives in marriages that the mother-family members arranged for them.
The weaving is part of his training and part of their cultural heritage; According to the legend, the spider or Wale’keru taught to weave to a Wayuu woman. History also tells that Wale’Keru fell in love with a Wayuu man, escaped with him and when him took her to his family; the mother of the Wayú said: “Take this material to give bands” and Wale’keru ate all cotton and after from her mouth began to leave the material already twisted and prepared for weaving thread. Then with the arrival of the Spaniards, they began to use crochet for its elaboration, as well as a variety of colors are a legacy of their ancestors, which can express the way you conceive, feel and desire life.
The Wayú backpack (mochila)
The Wayú women weaved bags are called susus or mochilas. The Wayú backpacks are distinguished by the beauty of their designs, the technique and the chromatic richness from a combination of several basic colors.
Backpacks are woven with wild cotton, magüey in Wick and different natural fibers, hand-making each piece can take between 6 and 20 days approximately, using geometric designs that represent different themes of their environment. These products that are part of their everyday clothing are used to transport work, and everyday implements their size varies between 25 to 30 centimeters by 35 high.
Although these backpacks are the best known, its tissues will also respond to the needs of everyday life, bags of large size move, container vessels for transporting water and bags to bury their dead.
These backpacks are the maximum expression of the Wayuu tissue.
* Source, Artesanias de Colombia, Bank of the Republic of Colombia.