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Hand woven beaded necklace by Embera Chami artisan, Patricia Wasorna. 

Origin: Embera Chamo TribeColombia

Material: seed beads, wool thread

Necklace Length: 16'' Necklace Width: 2.75''


Patricia Wasorna

From Risaralda, Colombia, Patricia is a mother to four daughters and lives in a home with another family of five in Bogota, Colombia. In 2006, Patricia moved with her daughters to due to armed conflict caused by the “Guerillas’’ in her hometown Risaralda. Many of her friends and family have been displaced because of the discovery of gold in her hometown. Patricia lives in Bogota to sell and save money to send back to her family in Risaralda to help provide and buy back the land. It is Patricia dream to go back and live with her family. To find relief in the displacement, Patricia creates Okamas or Tapas, handwoven beaded necklaces. While crafting each necklace, Patricia prays to her ancestors and finds peace and creativity through her designs.

At age 8, Patricia learned how to weave beaded necklaces from her grandmother and mother, who were very dedicated to making necklaces to expand their consciousness and spirituality. Traditional, Patricia loves to make each necklace with natural/local beads, and with string made from the branch or plant material.

Patricia embodies joy and pride in each of her designs as she is committed to preserving her cultural heritage and significance in the Embera Chami symbolism. She believes learning how to make cultural arts is just as important as speaking the language. For this, a majority of the necklaces seen on our Embera Soul Collection have been produced by Patricia, her eldest daughter, and sister Lu Maza.


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