I am a graphic designer with a special interest in
empowering women -artisans based in marginalized regions in Colombia building
through their handcrafts sustainable livelihoods. Uniqueland (my little company)
works with indigenous Zenú artisans from the city of Tuchín in the Córdoba
province of Colombia. The Zenú use caña flecha—a fiber harvested from green palm
plants that grow in the marshes of the region—to create hats, jewelry, and bags.
The raw fiber is dyed naturally using trees, fruit and seeds from the region.
One of caña flecha's most notable uses is for the woven hats often associated
with Colombian culture, the sombrero vueltiao, traditionally used by Zenú
My personal story as to how this all got started. My husband had a stroke 3
years ago (he was 37 years old ) so I became the economic responsible person for
my family. I decided to establish a company that works with women, single
mothers, artisans, to help empowering them to have sustainable livelihoods. This
has been my passion and I think it has been definitely well worth it.