offers a modern twist
on an age-old craft.
Focused on sharing the culture, the creative energy, and the beautiful work of South American artisans with the world. SORAYA HENNESSY brings vibrant, modern pieces that blend ancestral traditions and artisanal practices with bold western influences.
By carefully distilling the age-old traditions of their Wayuu ancestors, mother-daughter duo Soraya Pena Hennessy and Soraya Salas work together with expert weavers in Colombia and Venezuela to create exquisite mochilas and accessories whose mystical colors and patterns transport the wearer to a far-off land.
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"Nosostros tejemos para comer."
-Daniela Ramirez, profesora de primaria y artesana en Usiacuri, Colombia.
"We weave to eat"
-Elementary teacher and artisan in Usiacuri, Colombia
Known as the “people of the sun, sand and wind,” the Wayuu (pronunced "Wah-You") are a Native American people who occupy the wild landscape of Northern Colombia and Venezuela. Fiercely proud of their shared heritage, Soraya works side-by-side with Wayuu women to champion their age-old craft. Together, they create unique designs using ancient weaving techniques that have for so long been symbols of wisdom, creativity and intelligence.