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.
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!
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.