ARTESANÍAS DE COLOMBIA
Artesanías de Colombia has been working for the country’s craftspeople since 1964. Our mission is to promote and strengthen the work of the artisanal sector through rescuing and preserving techniques and crafts that make up the Colombian people’s cultural heritage.
We stimulate productive, innovative, inclusive, and sustainable development programs in every department of the country. Thousands of artisans benefit from training programs in human development, entrepreneurship, codesign, production and commercialization.
We are a non-profit organization. Our main objective is to install the proper aptitudes for the regions to increase their productivity and ability to compete. In this way, artisans expand their product portfolio with high-quality wares and develop pieces that meet market expectations.
A JOURNEY THROUGH COLOMBIA’S WEAVINGS
Textiles and basketry, mostly made from plant-based fibers, reflect the history and geography of Colombia. This is why the following will be a great opportunity to get to know this country by means of its weavings. For an hour and a half, Rocío Arias will share an overview of our weavings with Selvedge readers: she will trace their maps and review various perspectives that surround them, from the ethnic and raw-material factors to the projections they have in the fashion sector. In this space, Rocío will also have the possibility of interviewing several craftspeople who will broaden the perspectives of all attendees regarding artisanship: craftspeople who, from the diversity of Colombian contexts, will share their stories, their techniques, and, of course, ¡their products! With this virtual journey, Artesanías de Colombia wishes to bring Selvedge readers the chance of enjoying the cultural and artisanal richness of our country.
Rocio Arias Hofman
Since 1998, I have developed my corporate career in the country's media: RCN Televisión (executive producer of Informative Services); Publicaciones Semana (director of Plan B magazine); Caracol Radio (host of "Hoy por hoy") and El Espectador (columnist and contributor to chronicles and reports).
Since 2007, I have been an independent entrepreneur.
Since 2012, I have developed a professional career in the national fashion industry. I research and publish topics related to the challenges of global sustainability applied to both this particular sector and the local artisan traditions linked to contemporary design. I document and write about technical and creative processes and business models in the industry.
I founded SillaVerde SAS, a company focused on fashion knowledge with the aforementioned emphasis. It provides genuine content based on journalistic research and approached from different genres and platforms:
SUSTAINABLE FASHION AND CRAFT TRADITION CONSULTANT
Teacher, Jury, and Media Freelancer & Writer