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AVP seeks to rediscover Colombian communities, its culture, and its ancestral art. We aim to expose and make known their ethnic, colourful and magical handcrafts by giving them the recognition they deserve. Most importantly, we value and respect their traditions.
Located north of La Guajira in Colombia, they have been extended to Manaure and Maicao, their language is Arawak and they live on Livestock and the sale of Handicrafts. Women are practically captive in a manual labor regime, until they are considered fit for marriage.
Established in the South East of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and its mother tongue is Chibcha, they live off the sale of (cattle and sheep) as well as the cultivation of coffee and cassava. They are polytheists, the law of the universe governs their customs and thus follow the path to the future with complete integrity.
Plaiting and weaving still connect to their daily lives. It is like recreating their representation of the universe, because weaving brings together knowledge, nature (the fibers), and something substantial, which is the product itself. Weaving both creates and represents their culture. The sombrero vueltiao is a characteristic example of contemporary Zenú weaving.