Mulatta Rosa, the innovation behind traditional Caribbean craftsmanship
Ana Romani, better known in Cartagena de Indias as Mulatta Rosa, is a woman who, with the talent of her hands, has carried an artisan tradition beyond imagination. Wherever she goes, she is easily recognizable, as she usually wears a showy flower crown, large earrings, and various bracelets, all made of pearls.
Bead weaving is a typical indigenous craft practice that consists of binding many colored nuggets together with a transparent thread to give them a specific shape, either as an accessory or as a decoration.
Ana, a chartered accountant by profession, has been dedicated to this profession for more than six years. Although her path was not easy, today she is one of the most recognized artisans in the city thanks to her way of innovating with each product.
The beginning of her journey as an artisan really went through Barbies, since she dreamed of having her first original doll, and when she got it, she dedicated herself to customizing several outfits that caught the eye. attention from his friends, who began placing custom orders. for her.
“I started making dresses just for my classmates’ daughters, but word of what I was doing started to spread and grow,” Ana told Al Día News.
Today, dolls are still a big part of Ana’s life, but most of her time is spent working on Mulatta Rosa, a business that has brought out her most creative and colorful side through hands-on practice. traditional.
“Mulatta Rosa is my full-time job,” mentioned the craftswoman, who also underlined the value of her work, as it not only allows her to express herself through each piece but also the customers who wear her products.
In Cartagena it is common to see traditional designs in mustard clay, such as woven necklaces, earrings or bracelets. However, Ana does not only make these products but imbues new designs to this art such as with her insignia “palenquera” earrings and necklaces, which reflect the faces of the matrons who walk through the historic center of the city selling fruits.
In addition to accessories that dress women in different ways, Mulatta Rosa has also ventured into a more complex craft market by making handbags, collars and blouses in those little colorful stones that attract so much attention.
“I like being able to show myself as I am in all my glory and that my products also convey it,” Mulatta Rosa of the city told Al Día News.
His work has become a great reference among other artists, to the point that his creations more than inspiration have been copied to be resold by other people.
“Having someone else copy my drawings means I’m fine, although I don’t like feeling like my efforts are for others to steal,” the artist mentioned of the disrespect that exists among those who devote themselves to it. Trade.
With her unique Cartagena designs, culture, colors and styles, the pieces Ana designs are admired at every event she attends. Those who have the pleasure of owning his pieces take with them a product full of love and Caribbean tradition.
For those who want to buy her products during the visit to the “heroic city”, Ana constantly attracts attention through her instagram page @mulattarosa, an exhibition inspired by Gabo in person at the Claustro de la Merced of the University of Cartagena and sporadically in the various fairs in which it participates throughout the year.