Las Juanitas from Sandoná, Nariño - South of Colombia

Discover the superior weave and quality of our exclusive and delicately handwoven range by Las Juanitas. 

Authentic Super Fino Panama hats  & Handwoven baskets - Foldable and flexible 

Borsalino hats, accessories and homewares - Colourful, extra light and incredible designs

 

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. 

The fertile Andes land in Sandoná at 1850 mts above the sea approx makes this palm the perfect resistant and flexible material.

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).

While weaving is the main source of income for many women in the region, it is also an activity that fits within the juggle of raising a family. 

They travel from their homes to Sandoná every weekend to meet at their workshop every Saturday. There they practice their designs and separate all the materials that each artisan will take home.

Weaving is an activity that encourages creativity and a sense of achievement. At home during the week they work on their orders - after finishing working at the farms, after putting kids to bed or before the kids wake up (like many other mums around the world do it!).

More than 2300 artisan families derive their livelihood from this technique in Sandoná.

 

Material: Iraca palm (Carludovica palmata) and vegetable dyes.


    

 

Blanca and Roland Rincon, the creators of the most unique colourful fique rugs from Curití – Santander, Colombia

I made your fique rugs

The coffee rugs! Handwoven in a traditional loom. 

Material: fique fibres pulled from agave type cactuses, vegetable dyes

This craft dates back a thousand years to the Guane tribes who extracted the fibres from agave type cactuses and weaved them into clothing.

After stripping the cactus of its fibres, the threads are manually combed to extract the impurities then died with naturally extracted colours. Then the fibres are weaved into a course cloth used to make fabrics, bags, rugs, shoes, wall hangings and numerous other products. 

This unique material is completely sustainable as the base of the plant lives for over 20 years, and is left untouched in order to avoid deforestation.

Blanca and Rolando from Curiti preserve this ancestral technique and continue passing it on to their next generations. They run their handmade traditional business in Curiti and are well known for the premium finish product they create and the unique bright colours that only they could put together. 

Blanca and Rolando have two kids and run their business around their family commitments. 

They also employ 5 locals to help with the fique preparation, dying and weaving. 

They are grateful to be able to sale their crafts to Australia. 

From the agave selection to the finished product, each rug creates 1 day worth of work for their business. 

Let's go beyond that and create financial security for the artisan communities in Colombia! 

Native fique from Boyaca, Colombia

Guacamayas, the impressive & colourful handwoven home accents. 

Material: Fique fibres pulled from agave type cactuses, vegetable dyes

This region was home to the Laches indigenous people, whose legacy decidedly marks the local identity. Women of this community combine agriculture and cattle herding with colourful and diverse basket weaving. This ancestral art form employs the spiral technique, the use of fique, vegetable dyes and mordents like salt, aloe, plantain carpels, orange and lemon.

YOUR impact: support one of the artisan families who derive their livelihood from this technique.

 

Wayuu Kanaas patterns and the weaving technique taught by the Spider. Guajira, Colombia

 

 

Material: thread, yarn and mawisa

According to the legend, the Spider Wale’keru (WALE’KERÜ )taught the Wayuu women their trade. Since then, women have learn the weaving techniques and developed Kanaas, their traditional designs

The northern peninsula of La Guajira, surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, is the ancestral home of the Wayúu indigenous people. The Kanaas or patterns woven into the mochilas represent the physical world and cosmology of the Wayuu people. Artisans of the Wayuu tribe weave their hats with natural, organic straw-like fibres (similar to bamboo) they call Mawisa. Wayuu Hats is an important accessory and also a cultural symbol.

YOUR impact: support one of the 450 artisan families who derive their livelihood from this technique.

The community of Los Pastos. Cumbal – Nariño, Colombia

Warm and earthy colours woven in the highest Andes. The traditional weaving loom 'guanga' for the warmest ponchos. Material: sheep wool and acrylic yarn

This indigenous ethnic group, work with the Guanga , the traditional loom which seeks, through its artisan craft, replicate a tradition directly linked with its symbolism reflected in nature comprising mountainous areas, green fields, rivers and lakes. Accessories and clothing are only a way to manifest their history, experiences and thoughts of their culture and their land, the Pachamama.

The group is involved in the whole process from shearing sheep, spinning and twisting wool, washing and decide if the raw material is raw or dyed with natural dyes.

There is an unbreakable bond between the territory, the environment and its inhabitants.

YOUR impact: support one of the artisan families who derive their livelihood from this technique.