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Wayú handbags – Carmen shows her talent


Colombia still holds a lot of mysteries for me. My first day here was like I was back in high school and hadn’t learned for an oral exam. The few people with whom I tried to speak Spanish snorted at me and turned away, leaving me utterly confused whether they got the question or that ignoring gringo’s was a national sport. Fortunately, my luck has changed since than and even with the worst of Spanish I still get rather positive reactions from the locals. I decided to take it a step further and went looking for the Wayú indigenous people, which, according to my Lonely Planet ‘have a fierce reputation’ … ‘there is a fierce pride here, a sense of otherness and resistance that pervades all interaction.’

Challenge! My search didn’t go smoothly however, as you can see in the video…

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Music by Rolando Sánchez and his son ‘Don Pipe’, full version can be seen here.

A new continent a new way of doing things. This time it’s not first come, first served. It’s best bid, happy kid! (or wife, or husband or yourself, whoever you want to make happy) The bidding will start on the bottom price for which I purchased the pieces including sending cost. Bidding will last until Monday 21st of February 23:59, Dutch time (figure it out). Only subscribers to the newsletter can participate. All extra money (if any) will be invested in products from the next talent. If the bags have not been sold by that time I will burn them to ashes (nahh, I’ll probably make some people very happy with them).

I bought these 3 bags for 50 dollar. Sending costs are lower than usual, because I will combine this shipment with the next product. Bear in mind: for some bags Carmen uses up to 15 days to make them!

Starting bids:
Number 1: € 19,80, excl. 6% tax | € 14,80 (20 dollar) + € 5,- sending costs
Number 2: € 10,40, excl. 6% tax | € 7,40 (20 dollar) + € 3,- sending costs
Number 3: € 19,80, excl. 6% tax | € 14,80 (20 dollar) + € 5,- sending costs

Next to random shouts, bidding can be done in the comments!

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Edison and Rosa – Natural jewelry, Nicaragua

Edison and Rosa

Artists do not always work completely alone and for the quality of their work it’s sometimes better that other people take care of business. On the mysterious volcanic island Ometepe in Nicaragua I found a very friendly couple that take care of their art-business together.

Edison and Rosa do not have a lot, but use almost every recourse on the island to get by. Rosa takes care of the business, selling the products and Edison uses all the natural resources available on the island to create it. The products that are made? Nicaraguan Jewelry!

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Edison has been working as an artist for more then 8 years now. The material that he uses are mostly seeds from his garden and stones from the volcano’s.  The inscriptions that he carves in the seeds are inspired by the ancient indigenous that lived on the island and made the stone carvings by which it got famous. Making one piece approximately takes half an hour.

Entonces, a very special product! However, because Edison and Rosa do not have an email-adress yet (nor an international bank-account for that matter), I felt that it would be better to buy some jewelry straight away for you to purchase.

As always: first come, first served and in this case only people that can either pick it up from Lochem or Utrecht in the Netherlands can participate in the purchasing process. Bear with me with the sending process, it might take up to a month before this product is making you shine…

Prices per piece: The price per piece is € 4,- (5,25 US dollars) in total. First to mail me OR (better) respond below (with the numbers!) can collect the pieces either in Lochem or in Utrecht (The Netherlands).

Update: all jewelry was sold within a day

Edison's jewelry
Edison's jewelry
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