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PERLA DEL CARIBE

Perla Del Caribe Gonzalez Ipuana

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Uribia, La Guajira, Colombia is the land of the Fashion Designer Perla Del Caribe Gonzalez Ipuana, born on July 1, 1983. Perla is a Wayuu Indigenous woman, a resilient leader who stood out with her talent at a national and international level. With effort and sacrifice, she has become a reference in the fashion of her culture; and a sustained initiative entrepreneur, aware of trends in the world of fashion, with textile designs that will appeal to the masses. She studied fashion design at the University of Cun with a title in Textile and Fashion Design; from the moment she earned her degree, she merged her knowledge with her cultural heritage. The entrepreneur studied at the Sena Regional Magdalena, receiving the title Technologist in Design for the fashion industry, with complementary studies in making patterns, becoming an expert in garment structuring, and other optitex courses that provide solutions in fashion and clothing design. In addition to Perla's significant and vital achievements in design, she studied the Global Design and Fashion system at the European Institute of Design in Barcelona, Spain, whose objective is to transform passion, talent, and creativity into knowledge and skill. Among her many achievements is, Dressing American actresses' with a blanket upon their arrival in Colombian lands. This followed by Perla being nominated for best cultural designer for the Focus Awards in Tampa, Florida, USA, in 2019; and winner of the Golden Thread Award in Miami, Florida, USA, in 2021. 

She has a creative and innovative vision of the world; suitable, responsible, and skilled to address professional life in elaborate projects that respond to fashion design's social requirements and cultural values. In addition, she carries out realistic and innovative criteria for the adequate satisfaction of clients' needs.  Perla Del Caribe has integrated herself into business and organized dynamics as an independent Fashion Designer with the objective to show her Wayuu Culture. Her goal is to own her enterprises, associated with personal and collective cultural identity, taking into account the importance of teamwork. With the fortune to own, by cultural heritage, skills to design creative and sensitive garments transferred from ancestral art and techniques.

The Brand

INSPIRATION: LA PERLA ANCESTRAL 

From the rancheria to the catwalks, akumaja was inspired by the Wayuu culture to create her collection "Kaanás," in which the fabrics merge with artisanal and autochthonous elements of the Colombian ethnic group. The geometric designs are based on nature and refer to their daily lives. "Kaanás" means "art of weaving drawings" and is an ancient technique that dates back to the pre-Columbian period. The Wayuu uses the traditional motifs of the Kaanas to create figures of great symbolism, including turtle shells, star constellations, horse tracks, fish eyes, etc. The source of inspiration of akumaja is what the earth gives, where there are suits in explosive tones such as yellow, green, followed by earth colors, with linen fabrics, fluid fabrics, and podesua (soft fabrics); with handmade accessories, scarves, mawisa straw hats made by artisan men of the ethnic group. In addition, they show the Wayuu backpack that is the maximum expression of Wayuu fabric from the most traditional to the most innovative. And of course, keeping their roots alive, the designer has taken the traditional blanket of the Guajira woman and has merged it with irregular cuts, turning it into minidresses and gala dresses; embroidered with ethnic figures using Mostacillas (beads) and the silhouettes of the models marked by the sheinchen (mooring) brings out the magic of typical clothing. On top of that, Guayaberas in linen, for gentlemen, embroidered with the same autochthonous figures, looks stunning. This Kaanas collection is aimed for women and men with consumers that care more about where it comes from and what the garments represent.

 

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Reseña

LA GUAJIRA COLOMBIANA es la tierra de una diseñadora que se ha destacado con su talento a nivel nacional e international con esfuerzo y sacrificio ha logrado convertirse en UN Referente de la moda de su cultura.

studio diseño de modas en la Universidad Cun con el titulo de Diseñador textil y de modas y a partir desde ese momento comencé a fusionar lo aprendido durante la Carrera con mi herencia cultural. La emprendedora estudió en el SENA Regional Magdalena, recibiendo  el título de Tecnóloga en diseño para las industrias de la moda, con estudios complementarios en la misma institución en patronaje femenino, masculino, infantil, volviéndose una experta en el tema de la estructuración de las prendas, realizó cursos de optitex que provee soluciones en diseño de moda y vestimenta. A sus grandes e importantes logros en el ámbito del diseño cursó en el Instituto europeo de Diseno de Barcelona España Global Design and Fashion System, cuyo objetivo es transformar la pasión, el talento y la creatividad en conocimientos y capacidades.

Entre sus logros fue vestir a la actriz estadounidense con una manta a su llegada a tierras colombianas, Otro logro importante fue nominada a major diseñador cultural por los premios enfoques en Tamphas Florida Estados Unidos, en el 2019. Ganadora del premio Hilo Dorado en Miami Estados Unidos en el 2021.

Yo como DISEÑADORA DE MODAS tengo como objetivo mostrar mi cultura wayuu a través de la moda, presentando prendas de vestir y accesorios con técnicas ancestrales desarrollado con los artesanos de la comunidad y al mismo tiempo presentar mi propuesta para un consumidor que se preocupa más por conocer de dónde viene y que representa dicha prenda. Soy respetuosa del medio ambiente y con mi propuesta haré todo lo posible para aportar en su conservación, teniendo en cuenta que la industria de la moda es la segunda que más contamina en el mundo, por eso parte de nuestra responsabilidad como diseñador es buscar técnicas ecológicas o procesos lo menos invasivos posibles.

Si existe algo que caracteriza an esta diseñadora indígena es la forma Como conserva, rescata y mantiene su esencia cultural, impregnada en sus diseños con sus prendas en siluetas femeninas y masculinas con la PERLA ANCESTRAL.

 “Mi origen lo llevo puesto y es continuidad de nuestra herencia."

 "I wear my origin; it's a continuance of our heritage."
-Perla

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