Palenqueras Art No 1
- 16.5cm x 11.5cm
- Ethically handmade in Colombia
These pretty little postcard size paintings represents the Palenqueras women, who originate from the town of Palenque and are a big symbol of Cartagena culture thanks to their history and beauty. The artist is called Estefamia and she is from Cartagena.
The town of Palenque was given to the first slaves who were freed in the days of the colony. They were brought from Africa from the Masai tribe of New Guinea. Even in current times they still live in Palenque, which is south of Cartagena, Colombia. They speak their own language that is bantu and retain all their customs and traditions such as music, dance (the cumbria, the mapale). Another of their customs is that they celebrate more when somebody dies than when someone is born because they believe that they go to a better life. The women come to sell fruit & cocadas (coconut candy) to make a living in the city and the men are fishermen. You can still see these colourful black ladies in their traditional dresses selling their tropical fruit and homemade sweets around the historical part of Cartagena. The colors for them have many meanings for example blue is the color of love because it represents water and rain which are reasons for joy in an arid land, red represents that they work hard, with sacrifice and blood, yellow represents the sun and green represents nature.