We aim to connect you with each artisan, their culture, their traditions, their family and their dreams!
Las Juanitas from Sandoná, Nariño - South of Colombia
Las Juanitas are a group of 204 female artisans, mainly mums, single mums, farm workers, indigenous and displaced women (due to violence in their hometowns).
Weaving is the main source of income for many women in the region and fits well with the juggle of raising a family. Every weekend, they travel from their homes to meet at a workshop in Sandoná, where they practice designs and organise their materials. Then during the week after finishing working at the farms, putting the kids to bed or before the kids wake up, they’ll work on their delicately handwoven pieces.
Our talented artisan partners convert the native Iraca palm from the Andes into thin threads. The finest threads are used exclusively for the Panama hats. Slightly thicker threads are used for borsalino hats and the incredible designs of accessories and homewares.
More than 2300 artisan families derive their livelihood from this technique in Sandoná, and your purchase provides financial security and many hours of work in an activity that encourages creativity and a sense of achievement.
You’re also helping to preserve indigenous ancestral techniques that these women can proudly pass on to their children.
Products:Baskets, fans, earrings, dolls, ornaments/bunting Authentic Super Fino Panama hats & Handwoven baskets - Foldable and flexible Borsalino hats, accessories and homewares - Colourful, extra light and incredible designs
Material:Iraca palm (Carludovica palmata) and vegetable dyes.
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Supporting Casa Bonita gives you...
Power to positively impact the lives of 100’s of indigenous communities in Latin America
Peace of mind that artisans are paid more than a fair price for their products
Insight into our culture and how we are continuously working to keep traditions alive
Knowledge that all our products are ethical, sustainable and cruelty free
Good karma for supporting women both here in Australia and overseas
...and a colourful, unique and authentic experience when you visit our shop in Seddon!