Vueltiao Cinco Sonrisas
The traditional hat of Colombia, the sombrero vueltiao is woven from caña flecha by the Zenú in the Cordoba region. Caña flecha is the wild cane grass or arrow grass... Read more below.
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The traditional hat of Colombia, the sombrero vueltiao is woven from caña flecha by the Zenú in the Cordoba region. Caña flecha is the wild cane grass or arrow grass grown in parts of Colombia, Brazil and Peru. It takes several weeks to make the sombrero vueltiao, from harvest to dying the reeds and to the actual weaving. The vueltiao comes from the word “vuelta” or laps, referring to the number of bands used woven into the crown. The hats are typically woven with bands in dark brown and natural caña flecha, but also can be found with accents of bright colors. The weavers incorporate “pintas” or “faces” in the crown of the sombrero. These patterns represent the artists’ “signature” or may be symbols in nature or might also commemorate certain music, stories or dances. Originally, the indigenous Zenú used the hats for protection from the strong sun while harvesting corn in the fields. Now, not only is the sombrero vueltiao an iconic symbol of Colombia, it is also traditionally worn by the Cumbia and Vallenato dancers.
While studying the traditional arts of Colombia, we came across the weaving of caña flecha. We immediately fell in love with the designs of the vueltiaos as well as the other traditional caña flecha weaving of the Zenú. We knew instantly that we had to share these pieces with you.
[Going on a BFF’s getaway or off to a music festival, don’t forget this wide brimmed sun hat to complete your look. This glam straw woven hat not only looks great on, but will give you the sun protection you need.]
Size: 15 ½” diameter brim x 3 ¼” high crown
- Hand woven and machine finished
- Caña Flecha
- Spot clean with cold water and gentle soap
- Made in Colombia
Note: Our Sombrero Vueltiaos are lovingly handmade. You may find that there will be slight variances in size, color and texture, making each piece unique.