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 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 find further opportunities.

La Guajira

Fanny Iguaran - mochilas
Riohacha, La Guajira
Fanny is an integral part of the Taller Clan Epieyu weaving cooperative made up of over 170 Wayuu women from different areas of La Guajira. Fanny coordinates logistics, distribution, and organization of the cooperative in addition to hand-weaving her own beautiful mochilas...she's the ultimate jefa.

Gloria Epieyu - mochilas
La Guajira, Colombia
The Gloria Epieyu weaving collective is a group of over 180 Wayuu women from the La Guajira and Magdalena regions of Colombia. In addition to the classic Wayuu mochila, the collective also specializes in the larger ‘susu’ mochila that resembles more of market bag with shorter straps. The colors and patterns of each bag reflect its maker, their unique culture, and customs.


Cundinamarca

Diana Fraser - ceramics
La Calera, Cundinamarca
Diana draws inspiration for her ceramics from both Japanese aesthetics and the natural beauty of Colombia. Her gorgeous studio built from bamboo and clay sits in the forested paramount surrounding Bogota; a truly peaceful oasis to create.

Daniel Aristizabal - botanicals
Guasca, Cundinamarca
Originally from Cali, Colombia, Daniel moved to Bogota 8 years ago to pursue his dream of an organic flower farm. His passion for botanicals has since led him to natural skin care and exotic fruit spirits, but his true love remains the guitar.

Cesar Giraldo - leatherwork
Bogotá, Cundinamarca
Cesar has been working with leather in Colombia for more than 30 years. Originally from Pereira in Colombia’s coffee region, Cesar moved to Bogota to teach leatherwork and also to open his own shop currently located in Bogota’s charming neighborhood ‘La Macarena.’ For years he’s taught leatherwork to marginalized communities throughout the city as a means of economic opportunity and at the Escuela de Artes y Oficios de Santa Domingo - a non-profit designed to preserve handcrafts of Colombia.

Javier Sarmiento Gonzalez - leatherwork
Bogotá, Cundinamarca
Javier went to school for industrial design before following his abuela’s advice to pursue leatherwork. He attended the Escuela de Artes y Oficios de Santa Domingo where he now teaches leatherwork himself. His workshop, located in Bogota, showcases his talent and features bags, bicycle accessories, and custom pieces.

 

Boyacá

Ivan Botia Veloza - ceramics
Ráquira, Boyacá
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 - hiche basketry
Gachantivá, Boyaca
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 - fique hats
Gachantivá, Boyaca
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.


Additional Artisans

Leonidas Gutierrez - natural fiber bags
Milan, Caqueta

Luis Ferney Mejia - basketry
Asociacion La Gloria de Dios
Guapi, Cauca

Maria Angelita - wool ruanas
Villa de Leyva, Boyaca

Enredarte Artisan Collective - wool mochilas
Silvia, Cauca

Blanca Ligia Suarez Ochoa - basketry
Fondo Mixto de Cultura del Guaviare
San Jose del Guaviare, Guaviare

Edilsa Baldomino - iraca palm bags
Usiacuri, Atlantico

Yaneris Angulo - iraca palm bags
Usiacuri, Atlantico

Enrique Jimenez - liana vine basketry
Mitú, Vaupes