10 Traditional Colombian Crafts Perfect to Gift This Season
More than Colombia’s food, I love its people. Colombia’s influences are as varied and colorful as the rainbow. The country has a mix of European, African, and indigenous which is what makes its culture a wonderful melting pot of influences.
In turn, this can be directly seen in its architecture, food, crafts, and even language (and use of Chibcha words). Not to mention you should never judge a book by its cover as Colombians come in all colors, shapes and sizes. They can be blonde, white, black, blue eyes, red head, and every shade in between.
Although I personally find that Colombia has yet to innovate in gastronomy, I must say Colombian craftsmanship is extremely creative and colorful. Colombian crafts vary from region to region but all tell a story of its people and their land.
I have fallen in love with all things handmade from Colombia and recently attended the yearly Exportesanía event , which showcases Colombian crafts from different regions of the country.
I was blown away by the colors and the richness of its people and it was hard to take home just one or two items!
If you’re looking for Colombian crafts and typical Colombian gifts I invite you to check out the event. Not to mention there is amazing furniture and home decorations at super affordable prices. But just in case you miss it, here is the list of my favorite most traditional Colombian crafts that would put a smile on anyone’s face.
1.The Carriel from Jericó
traditionally worn by men from the region on Antioquia, smaller versions have been made for women too. traditionally worn by men from the region on Antioquia, smaller versions have been made for women too.
2. Masks from the Festival of Baranquilla
Some might look a bit silly and that’s the whole idea. Made to mock and ridicule the rich, the Marimonda mask is vulgar and fun. Other masks from the festival celebrate Colombia’s African heritage.
3. Panama Hats
Although called Panama hats they are actually original from Ecuador but Colombians have decided to get on board with production and thus it has also become a local craft.
4. Arhuacas from Santa Marta
To foreigners it might just look like another hippie accessory but Colombians value the hard work the kogui tribe put into these crossbody bags and you will even see middle aged and elderly women wear these.
5. Wayuu Bags from La Guajira
Produced by women of the Wayuu tribe located in the Caribbean coast of Colombia, the finest Wayuu bag can take up to 20 days to crochet. These colorful bags are becoming a hot fashion statement worldwide. And how could you not fall in love with all its colors?
6. Voltiao hat from the Caribbean coast
300 years ago it was made by the Zenú tribe. Today it is a national symbol of Colombia and very representative of the Caribbean coast. Typically worn by men, it is now also worn by women and have also been adapted to women’s style.
7. Chaquira jewelry from Putumayo
Absolutely stunning beaded jewelry made from a tribe located in Putumayo from the region of the Amazon, these beautiful necklaces make a wonderful statement piece.
8. Wooden kitchen utensils
Some pieces are crafted to make typical Colombian foods such and hot chocolate and arepa. Pretty useful gist if you ask me! Some pieces are crafted to make typical Colombian foods such and hot chocolate and arepa. Pretty useful gist if you ask me!
9. Werregue baskets and vases
Made by the Waunana indians located in the Chocó region, each piece can take up to a month to make. They are a beautiful addition to any home.
10. Jewelry of Caña flecha
Does this remind you of the voltiao? That’s because it’s make of the same fiber called, caña flecha and produced in the caribbean coast as well.
11. Baskets from Guacamaya
Made in the region of Boyacá, these beautiful baskets, coasters, vases and plate holders are sturdy and incredibly beautiful. The plates also makes great wall ornaments! Made in the region of Boyacá, these beautiful baskets, coasters, vases and plate holders are sturdy and incredibly beautiful. The plates also makes great wall ornaments!
Can you tell I love Colombian crafts?! I think they are stunning and super affordable. If you’re looking for a gift for someone from abroad, traditional Colombian crafts are the best option!
Is there a craft you love that I left out? Tell me which one in the comment box below!
*All pictures were taken by a good friend, Lina Ardila. Check out more of her work here!