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Patience and Beadwork (article on Shatter the Looking Glass Magazine)


We had been told that local women were afraid that incoming people might steal their beads patterns therefore we outlined the reasons of our visit in advance. Emilio and I, are both handicraft lovers and are strongly convinced that in today’s globalized world there is a desperate need to protect traditional culture in all its aspects. This includes designs and the intellectual property expressed in beads, necklaces or earrings that contain specific features of indigenous society. We also hope that these beautiful and bright colorful products might generate more interest in indigenous struggle for their rights, not just those in Colombia and Resguardo Cristiania, but also in other countries of Latin America….

Embera Chami handcrafts, long beads belts hanging in  a local shop

Embera Chami handcrafts, long beads belts displayed in a local shop

 Since that visit, there are  many times I have caught  a glimpse of Cristina sitting in the shadow at the very same place we sat together. It seems that Embera Chamí women’s hands will never stop designing, nor will Cristina’s.

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This is only a fraction of my Patience and Beadwork article, which was published online at Shatter the Looking Glass Magazine in July 2014.

To read whole article please visit Shatter the Looking Glass Magazine: http://shatterthelookingglass.com/patience-and-beadwork/

Shatter the Looking Glass Magazine aims to break the received views of the world and focus on the stories, the challenges and the ethics of trave

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