Fashion Designer, Tatiana Kamle and the Wayuu Ethnia Artisans of Colombia

I’ve known Tatiana Kamle aka “Tati” for several years. We met mid-career while working for Conde Nast Americas in Miami, FL. She has always been very professional and has managed to merge professionalism and creativity with effortless transition. Tatiana’s design collaborations are stunning, however I am equally impressed with her humanitarian work. It was a rainy afternoon when Tati and I met tête-à-tête over tea at the St. Regis Bal Harbour. I was thrilled to hear all about her journey and excited to share it with all of you!

My interview with Fashion Designer, Tatiana Kamle 

Share a bit about yourself and the details of Tatiana Kamle by Wayuu.
I’m half Lebanese, half Colombian born in Cali, Colombia.  While I lived in Miami, Fl, I worked for Vogue Latinoamerica magazine for many years. There, my love of fashion and my creativity further developed.

I currently live in Colombia, and use my knowledge of the fashion industry in collaboration with these women by choosing specific colors, different patterns and sometimes less traditional styles for each handmade piece . It’s clear to me that the mochila, the backpack, the clutch and the long strap that resembles a colorful necklace, expresses the Wayuu women’s creativity. And I always highlight this in the designs. “They are the real artists, I just gives them a touch and take them around the world, crossing frontiers.”

These women weave inspired by the colors of our seeds, our flowers and our land. I follow the combination of colors using the warm autumnal tones for the cold months. While the electric blue, green, orange and hot pink characterizes the spring/ summer collection¨. This is a 100% cotton handmade exotic creation and vibrantly embroidered. One, that everyone is talking about. One that takes almost 30 days to weave.

Who are the Wayuu women and their hand woven fabrics?

 The colors of the endless dessert, the blue of the ocean, the pink of the flamingos that color the sky in the Guajira. All the unbridled force of life is expressed in the hand woven fabrics the Wayuu women use to create their bags. A Colombian ethnia that lives in the northern part of the country, close to Cabo de la Vela.

Tell us about the Waleker legend. 

An ancient legend tells that Waleker, a spider taught these women how to weave the colorful threads that intertwine between them. The elderly share, how they dream at night with many of these figures, that then they reflect through their weaves highlighting the Colombian nature, with a legendary fantasy that reminds us of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his fantasy stories.These are the handwoven cotton bags made by the Indigenous Wayuu women from La Guajira, Colombia.

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What is the humanitarian project you are involved in?

 Behind this collection, there is a humanitarian project, which is helping improve the living conditions of the Wayuu Ethnia, considered by UNICEF as one of the poorest in the world. Every bag sold supports the preservation of Aboriginal culture by providing income to Wayuu artisans for their daily sustenance, so that they may continue in the fight to preserve their culture”.

For product orders, please contact Tatiana at tkamle@hotmail.com

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