"Many of the geometric patterns of nature found in the micro are repeated in the macro, and it is precisely this geometric concreteness or abstraction that I seek to represent in each design"
- Mariana Vieira
- 4 full-time employees & 50 artisans
- Bogota, Colombia
- Gualdrapa tapestry fabrics
Atlas was founded by the Colombian designer Mariana Vieira. Mariana works exclusively with indigenous communities through a participatory design approach by exchanging knowledge on traditional and modern production techniques. In this way she preserves century old artisanship and translates it into pieces of art, furniture and interior design objects for the daily use.
Her collections are inspired by the synergies of cosmology and natural – animals, plants and minerals – and present an homage to the environment to honor its beauty and perfect geometry.
Mariana is constantly innovating and travelling herself into the Colombian Amazon to meet with the indigenous communities such as the Wayuu communities based in La Guajira in Colombia. For her iconic Guajira Cósmica collection of textiles for pillows, furniture and art, she works with a total 50 crafters of the Wayuu using the century old gualdrapa tapestry technique, which is originally used to decorate horse saddles for races or special occasions. When this technique is applied, a horizontal loom is spanned and each cotton thread is lifted by hand creating a thick high-quality fabric.
Mariana works exclusively with indigenous communities through a participatory design approach to preserve century old artisanship and translate it into pieces of art, furniture and interior design objects.
More about the communities they work with:
Wayuu communities are based in the in the northeastern Colombian peninsula La Guajira. There are over 140.000 Wayuu people in Colombia with over 290.000 in Venezuela. Women make a significant income contribution to their households through their weavings using different techniques, designs and colours.
The Wayuu tradition of weaving comes from Waleker, a spider that taught the Wayuu women how to weave. After her first menstruation, the girl begins 'blanqueo', a rite of passage during which her mother and grandmother teach her everything about being a woman, including the art of weaving and crocheting. A Wayuu woman continues to refine her crochet skills throughout her life.
The Wayuu fabrics with their hand-stitched, colorful kanás – weaving designs – represent the elements of the society and daily life of these indigenous people, as well as elements of their cosmology and natural environment, such as the universe, flowers, animals.
With every purchase of an object by Atlas you not only support the growth of the brand but WLP also directly contributes its profits to improving the access to education for the Wayuu communities in La Guajira, Colombia.
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