The Emberá Chami believe that women carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. Okamas in the Emberá dialect are a way of adorning and highlighting their strength, beauty and feminine wisdom. The Okama symbolizes “the path” they walk and is full of ancestral wisdom, cosmovision and story.
Crafted from generational weaving techniques. It takes each artisan from 10 - 30 days to complete highly elaborate pieces using a thread-needle and loom. The combination of colors and shapes are symbolic to their knowledge of the mountains, rivers, sky, animals, people and the unity of all.
We work fair trade with Embera Chami tribe of Colombia, and our mission is to preserve their artistry, and encourage them to thrive!
- This is a one-of-a-kind hand made design
- Bead work is all made with very strong synthetic thread and glass beads
WHITE: Clouds, Peace; RED: Blood, Race, Soul, Flowers; BLUE: Sea, River, Sky, Space
GREEN: Nature, Leaves, Mountains; YELLOW: Gold, Sun, Happiness; ORANGE: Flowers;
PURPLE: Flowers; BROWN: Earth; BLACK: Night; SPIRAL: Path / Road; CURVES: Rivers; CIRCLE: Community, Unity, Integrity; ZIGZAG: Mountain Roads; GEOMETRICAL SHAPES: Pachamama; DIAMOND: Seasons of Nature