Dolphin Cotton and String Doodad Crafted by Artisans in Colombia Measures 3-3/4” high
Octopus Cotton and String Doodads Crafted by Artisans in Colombia Measure 3” high with variable dimensions
Snail Cotton and String Doodads Crafted by Artisans in Colombia Measure 1-1/2” high with variable dimensions
Snake Cotton and String Doodads Crafted by Artisans in Colombia Measure 9” in length when uncoiled
Piel Acida - Cotton & Wire Artisan Profile
Marisol Medina used her creativity and love for animals to craft handmade wildlife creatures. She began her work with wire and cotton in Tabio, a small village 60kms from Bogotá in Colombia. Starting with readily available raw materials, and struggling through various challenges typical of a small business/enterprise, Marisol soon enhanced her techniques and the business as the demand for the product grew in the market. She began with participating at the annual national fair which takes place in Bogotá once every year. This is where Marisol was introduced to her first set of wholesale and retail clients.
Because of insufficient orders and a slow business, her workshop initially supported the artisans only for about 3 months. A few years ago, Piel Acida, a Bogotá-based organization that works with artisans from all over Colombia, showed keen interest in supporting Marisol’s cotton and wire animal enterprise. They provided support in all aspects to Marisol and her team. These products have been displayed and sold at various international trade shows such as the ones in New York and Frankfurt.
Marisol’s enterprise has meant much more than enhancement of her own skill and business – it has been a steady source of income for tens of artisans from the Tabio countryside. Thanks to organizations like Piel Acida, these artisans now have a consistent source of income and they also feel a distinct sense of empowerment.
Marisol is happy to see the growth of her small artistic talent into an enterprise. The Tabio Mountains have transformed her from an ordinary employee at a plastic factory to an independent entrepreneur. Today, her little workshop and the women involved have a brighter future.
Ring in the holidays with these fun, hand crafted ornaments. Available in an assortment of sea creatures, collect all of them to add color to your Christmas tree. These cotton and wire creatures are flexible and are meant to be twisted and shaped into various forms.
Marisol Medina and local women from the small village of Tabio, Colombia nimbly wrap cotton yarn around wire frames to create these adorable animals. Through training and employment, Marisol's center has created a steady source of income and empowerment for tens of artisans in Colombia.
Each measures 2" to 3-1/2” high with variable dimensions
All dimensions are variable because these items are flexible and can be formed into various positions