I am from Cali, Colombia. We call our people as “caleña” or “caleño”. I painted this tote in honor of its famous sweets ”maceta”, its delicious black coffee, and the iconic green mango commonly known as “mango biche”, which we usually eat it soaked in lime and salt. Enjoy this piece and remember: It’s Colombia, not Columbia. Even though, I humorously invented the word “Caleñian” 😉
Maria Guti added to its designs and bags the remarkable work from the Colombian indigenous community: The Wayuu tribe. Internationally best known for their unique and beautiful Wayuu “mochila” bags, the handmade “Gasa” (the Wayuu’s word for the strap) is only made by the men of the community, due to the hard work that the weaving requires. Maria Guti works ethically and purchases the straps from the Wayuu people, and credits their work without any purpose of overpricing exploitation.