Arts and crafts

The arts and crafts of Santa Marta reflect the city’s unique landscapes. The colors of the Caribbean Sea and the shapes of the Sierra Nevada are found fabrics and designs throughout the region. 

Crafts constitute a productive and cultural activity of great tradition and economic importance, especially for the people of the Sierra Nevada. For years, they have represented their identity, customs, and beliefs by weaving in sheep’s wool and dry plantain leaves, carving in coconut bark, wood and in soapstone. 

Their most recognizable product are backpacks made from sheep’s wool and fique or cabuya and colored with leaves, roots and tubers that give them a permanent natural hue. Colors, patterns, and styles vary among indigenous communities and families. You can learn more about their art and support local communities by including community-based tours in your itineraries.