Artisans - Boyacá

Ivan Botia Veloza
Ráquira, Boyacá - ceramics

Ivan has been creating pottery high in the hills above Colombia's ceramics capital of Ráquira, known as the City of Pots, for the past 20 years. He specializes in delicate vases and cups featuring whimsical but understated colors and designs. In his spare time he plays the saxophone and tours with a local orchestra around Boyacá.

 

Johana Jupal
Gachantivá, Boyacá - hiche basketry

Johana began weaving baskets with her grandmother and mother when she was young. Hiche is a challenging fiber to work with and very few Colombian artisans are still using it in basketry. She not only weaves the baskets but she also makes the string used in the weaving. She also uses hiche to make amazing wall hangings featuring dried fruits and plants, hopefully found here soon!

 

Alba Beltran  
Gachantivá, Boyacá - fique hats

Alba has been perfecting her craft for 30 years and lives on a small blackberry farm with her sons and husband. She uses the fique fiber to hand stitch a tight weave that ensures the durability of her hats - one of her sons, now 21, has worn the same hat (made by Alba) since he was 3 years old.

ARTISAN COLLECTIVE

We make sure all our artisans are aware of the work we do, the aim of our project, and the principles we abide by. We want Magda Made to be a collaborative process, between us and the artisans, rather than simply a transactional one. We work with artisans throughout different zones of Colombia and establish trusting relationships by visiting their homes, meeting their families and teams, and emphasizing the value of their work, time, and wellbeing. While bringing our customers beautiful goods, we hope to act as a platform and resource for these artisans to share their work and access increased opportunity.