Caña flecha handbags are hand made by the Zenú people of the Caribbean region of Colombia. The Zenú are indigenous to this region and live in tribal communities much like their ancestor did many thousands of years ago.

To make a handbag, the indigenous artisans first have to de-vein and dry the leaves of the caña flecha (arrow cane). They are then left out in the sun to to dry naturally until most of their color is gone. Darker strands are dyed by soaking in the rich Amazonian soil until the cane turns a satisfactory dark hue. The two contrasting colors are woven into long braids to obtain a unique and eco-friendly handbag.

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2017, Amazonian Spirit: Native American Jewelry