8 / 2002

Columbia - Sandal with woollen upper and embossed leather sole

Above sandals are traditionally worn by the women of the dry Guajira peninsula in the most northern part of Columbia. They are formed by braided woollen cords fixed to a leather sole with three holes in it. The upper cords are decorated with a woollen pom-pom, which varies in size in accordance with the social standing of the wearer. The loops holding the woollen cords are braided either of wool too or of pita-grass fibre and are knotted together underneath the thick one-layer sole through the mentioned holes.

Research and text by : W.A.H.M. Habraken-Oosterhout-Holland
Illustration by : Colin Ball - Waalwijk - Holland