Impelled to help protect Columbian cultural heritage, artist-designer Ceci Arango works alongside the artisans of Guacamayas—a rich but threatened craft center—to create the beautiful and original Corocora Collection.
Located near the Venezuelan border in a remote area of Colombia—locally known as “the end of the road”—Guacamayas is an area abundant in both natural and artisanal resources. The women weavers of Guacamayas are celebrated for their unique “spiraling” technique, but as modernization infringed on their world, demand for their skills diminished.
Born in Colombia, multitalented Arango has, from childhood, worked to defend her country’s cultural identity. Since the 1990s, she has partnered with weavers in both Bogotá and Guacamayas to create the Corocora Collection, which has garnered international acclaim for combining traditional craft, exceptional quality, and a joyful contemporary aesthetic.
The seat of each Corocora Square Pouf is meticulously hand-woven using locally grown, organic, and indigenous materials, including mancana and chonta palm wood, dried esparto grass, and fine dyed threads of fique stalk. Arango adds personal flair, selecting a palette of spicy, bright pigments and timeless, natural neutrals, which have made these stools a go-to essential for magazine editors and interior designers across the globe.