Before being woven, the fique fibers are dyed using plants, roots, and bark. These fibers were dyed in jalina (purple), naola (red), and saula (yellow). The bags will start off stiff, but with use the materials will soften without losing strength. The finished weaving has a fique fiber running along the top, which is meant to close off the bag by weaving the end back and forth across the opening. Each bag is truly unique as the plant dictates the weave of the bag. When the plant fiber is harvested, it is only then the width of the weave will be determined.
Handwoven by the women of the Koguí tribe
80% of proceeds go directly to the Koguí
As each bag is woven by hand, only one exists. Prolonged exposure to rain and sun will cause the bag fibers to naturally breakdown, but proper care will ensure a durable bag meant to last a lifetime. Although variations in the weave and color may exist, it is the nature of handwoven fibers.
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