Project: Strengthening of the handicraft sector working the cane fibre in the region of Cordoba, Colombia 2003 - 2004
The Zenu peopleWith little growing land, inexistent industry, frequent tropical cyclones, a high level of illiteracy and the extortion of paramilitary groups, the Zenu people, living in poverty today, were in the Precolombian times one of the most educated prosperous cultures.
Excellent handicraft workers on gold and ceramics in the tenth century, nowadays they only work the cane fibre and are the creators of the Vueltiao hat, one of the national symbols. Made in a type of native cane, it uses mainly two colours, brown and white. The drawings they use, of great semiotic importance, are different according to the families and communities.
The areas where INNOVRATE carried out the project are where most skil...