Edita Epieyu Wayuu Ginnu (fox) Clan 

 

I started learning to weave at the early age of 7.  Early each morning, I would sit beside my dear grandmother (mamachon toushicut) to watch her make woven bags (susu). She used to weave large bags (kattoui ) out of natural fibers with an old style needle crafted out of animal bone. Back then, kattoui were used to carry large water jars (mukuras) that were made of clay. I craved this knowledge and skill because I understood that it is an important education a girl receives from her maternal family members. Over the years, I've been perfecting the art form. During my puberty confinement as a young woman (majayut), I learned much more. During that time, my female relatives explained that we women are the pillars of our clan and bare the responsibility to transmit our ancestral weaving legacy to future generations.  Today, I take great pride in passing it on to my daughter and nieces.