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“Kanasu”, the Art of Knitting drawings

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 22:42 -- admin

“Kanasu”, the art of knitting drawings, is the maximum expression of the Wayúu culture. The fascinating designs result from their use of vibrant colors, unique designs, and complex techniques employed in elaborating their knitted drawings. Knitting also allows the artisans a way to express their individual creativity, intelligence, and wisdom. Their accumulated knittings represent the spirit that guides their actions, thoughts and dreams. Every “Kanas” has its own name and meaning, and each bag is a unique, handmade work produced by a single female knitter.
Susu Accessories, provides the Wayúu access to international markets, promoting Wayúu culture, and providing the Wayúu a path to increase their profits. These profits enable the Wayúu greater resources with which to resist the economic pressures of the outside world and maintain their distinct cultural traditions. Susu is also organized on the principles of fair trade, reinvesting part of its profits for the social benefit of the Wayúu communities. Susu means “what travels with you”. Each product is handmade and can take up to 20 days to complete. No two Susu products are ever the same. Behind each knitted work of art is a woman, her family, and their life story.

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