Rings made with crystal beads (woven by Embera Chami indigenous women)
María Paulina, founder and creative director of MÂKUA, was born in Medellín, Colombia.
MÂKUA works with three indigenous communities of Colombia: the Êbêrâ Chami, the Guna Dule and Tikuna, fusing ancestral techniques of these groups with contemporary jewelery. MÂKUA works under fair trade practices, understanding the value that these crafts represent, and respecting the life cycles and geographical location of these artisans, especially the indigenous women who are the main carriers of this knowledge.
Thus, they can carry out their work without having to go to the cities but staying in their shelters, combining the work of MÂKUA, with the activities of the home and the care of their families, managing to empower them to continue transmitting this knowledge to their daughters, and that these do not disappear in time. In addition to receiving a constant income for them and their families.