I always had a lot of curiosity for the Wayuú culture and I fell in love with the knitted textiles. When I approached the culture I could admire the treasure they have guarded for generations and not only its beauty but also the cultural importance it bears."
SABRINA PRIOLI, ANA MARÍA Y EMILIA TORRES, & NATALIA BERTEL
Hilo Sagrado was founded in 2013 by the Italian sociologist, Sabrina Prioli. Inspired by the Wayuú community, located in the La Guajira desert, on the border between Colombia and Venezuela, she began a foundation destined to preserve their culture and traditions. Two years later, sisters Ana María and Emilia Torres assumed the project’s leadership and target it in a new direction: to bring the women artisans that collaborate with Hilo Sagrado to a national and global market assuring them a long-term sustainable path. Natalia Bertel also joined as Executive Director thus completing the actual team.
TEAM: 3 founders + more that 150 Wayuú artisans.
MATERIALS: Acrylic thread.
TECHNIQUE: Handwoven Wayuú cultural heritage.
IMPACT: Education, economical empowerment, and sustainable development. of the Wayuú communities. Together, they're knitting a free, green, and brighter future, where art and tradition converge in a fair contemporary scenario.
Behind the name
The threat that intertwines those stories is sacred to them, it is something that really transmits the importance of knitting to this culture. And if you see beyond culture, that fact of weaving leads to high levels of consciousness, such as a meditation.
FROM DREAMS TO ACTIONS
The beauty of handwoven bags by groups like the Wayuú community carries infinite tradition and inherited skills within. Hilo Sagrado aims to not let their work and craftsmanship be undervalued, and for it, they have four concrete pillars:
Artisanal Incubators + Economical Empowerment
Workshops for artisans women to form themselves as micro-entrepreneurs.
As well as the launch of projects with the communities in order for them to collect profit.
Educational Seedbeds + Sustainable Development
For impulsing education among children.
And a search for a better life quality through resources that protect the environment.
WE WORK WITH
+150 WAYUÚ ARTISANS
The Wayuú is an indigenous community located deep in the La Guajira desert, on the border between Colombia and Venezuela. Even though they are conformed by 10 different communities led by women, their hearts thump to the same language, culture, and traditional beat. Hilo Sagrado's ambition is set on Wayuú's overcoming poverty and attaining auto-sustainability.