Each bag tells a story,
describing dreams and hopes.
Only the best quality
AALUNA proposes only Wayuu bags made with “one thread”.
The art of waving is highly respected in the Wayuu communities. This important skill is teached through a rite of passage, from generation to generation.
When a girl becomes a women, she is confined for a certain period of time with the objective of leaving the childhood and becoming a women. Many rituals are accomplished during that time, and among them the ritual of weaving learning.
In the Wayuu culture, it is said that “to be a woman is to know how to weave”.
Today Wayuus master 2 techniques of weaving, using one or two threads.
One thread technique takes more time, is more complex to accomplish and creates the most durable and beautiful bags.
It is the original and ancestral Wayuu technique. To weave a medium size one thread bag, a Wayuu craftmaker needs between three to four weeks of work.
Two threads technique is a faster technique developed due to the high demand of markets for more and more Wayuu bags.
As a consequence, these bags are made faster, are less durable, and finitions less qualitative than one thread weaved handbags.
AALUNA only commercializes one thread handbags to contribute to keep alive traditional and qualitative craftsmanship.
We believe that to offer the best of Wayuu people craftsmanship, contributes to the conservation of traditions and in a long run allows a durable source of income and development for the communities.
Discover the Kanaas
Kanaas are the geometric drawings woven by the Wayuu women. It translates roughly to “the art of weaving drawings”.
These abstract shapes represent their surroundings and daily life. Each one has a specific interpretation, often mystical, magical, or linked to human existence. The more complex the drawing, the greater its value.
One on top of the other.
These Kanaas represent the steps in life.
One step after the other, we go further in our life.
Marüliunaya or Itanaya
Drawings done on a vegetal recipient used for cooking called “totumo”.
They represent a distorted path of life, which is not ineluctably negative. Each triangle represents a step of life, which could be good or bad. Each could be a small or a large experience, bringing us to prosperity.
The strong weaving of a shelter.
These Kanaas represent the strength and security of home.
Interwoven hooks of time.
This represents the need to recognize that we are not self-sufficient.
We always need our ancestors to support us.
Inspired by fish eyes.
A fish eye has the tenacity to percieve things such as danger from far away. This symbol reminds us that with cleverness, we can move forward in life more easily.
Paths that cross.
This pattern is made of paths that connect different worlds. It represents two people who meet to share the same destiny.