Objects and Culture

Culture is often defined and recognised by certain objects. Here's a compilation of some that evoke the atmosphere Colombians grow up with.
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''Cántaros de güérregue'', or ''Werrege baskets'.  These beauties come from the pacific coast, handmade by indigenous women.  They are found mostly in the corners of the living room - often holding dried branches or flowers.

''Cántaros de güérregue'', or ''Werrege baskets'. These beauties come from the pacific coast, handmade by indigenous women. They are found mostly in the corners of the living room - often holding dried branches or flowers.

Mochila, The bag par excellence.  Everyone owns one! This one here though, is an alternative version of an indigenous handmade one, made by one of our best designers, Silvia Tscherassi, for her collection inspired by the Wayuu tribe. (It's crystallized with Swarovski crystals!)   #SilviaTcherassi #Wayuu

Iwa mochila Bag from the Wayúu Collection. Crystallized with Swarovski crystals.

''Indoor'' palm trees.  Those lucky ones who grew up in Cartagena, had palm trees and courtyard gardens.

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Colombian home with courtyard garden. Takes me back to when my parents would send us for vacation

Gold, gold, gold. Since we are kids, we are told the stories of El dorado, and la laguna de Guatavita - of natives covered in gold dust.   This is a nose ornament (1st–7th century)

Nose Ornament Date: century Geography: Colombia Culture: Calima (Yotoco) Medium: Gold Dimensions: H.

Molinillo. This is one of the happiness-related tools in Colombia, by giving the perfect texture to colombian hot chocolate. It's so beautiful too! #colombianhappiness

This is one of the happiness-related tools in Colombia, by giving the perfect texture to colombian hot chocolate.

Rafael Pombo Books. Pombo was a colombian poet born in Bogota. His books for children gave us the first taste of irony and that strange humor all of us adopted. #childhood #pombo

Pombo was a colombian poet born in Bogota. His books for children gave us the first taste of irony and that strange humor all of us adopted.

Gaitas. Known as ''Kuisi'' in english, made from a hollowed cactus stem.  We grow up listening to their sound, mostly in songs by Toto La Momposina, Gaiteros de San Jacinto and the beloved Carlos Vives.   #Carlosvives #Mayte

Known as ''Kuisi'' in english, made from a hollowed cactus stem. We grow up listening to their sound, mostly in songs by Toto La Momposina, Gaiteros de San Jacinto and the beloved Carlos Vives.

One Hundred Years of Solitude. This book is part of everyone's library in Colombia. Most families own various copies and different editions. It's a beloved object! pure magical realism.  #magicalrealism #garciamarquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude. This book is part of everyone's library in Colombia. Most families own various copies and different editions. It's a beloved object!

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