Hand painted “vueltiao” tote


Materials: tote fabric, beads, Wayuu strap.

* Each product is one of a kind. No two are alike. In case you like the style, please feel free to contact me for a similar model. (Maria Guti selects the materials and uses what is available in stock). The text or copy hand-painted on the tote can be assigned to another tote, regardless of the different strap color or material I may use.


This is a unique piece! hand-painted and beaded with a very catchy copy that not only Colombian folks could understand, but people who enjoy humor and loves this traditional Colombian symbol: Sombrero Vueltiao. The word “vueltiao” is a Colombian regionalism from the northern Caribbean Region basin that originates in the word for “turn” or “lap” (Spanish vuelta), and arose due to the way the hat is made. The more flexible the hat is, the better it is. The handwritten copy plays with the meaning of Spanish words that can be read as: “I am like the hat but not misshapen”.

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.