Care

Wayúu Straw Hat

A genuine Wayúu hat is a handmade treasure, and no two hats are alike. Slight imperfections in color, weave, and finish – either by nature or the artisan’s hand – make it unique! We want you to be pleased with your purchase for many years to come. Your Wayúu hat will continue to look like new if you follow the basic care instructions we recommend below.

Handling

Your authentic Wayúu hat is known for its weave and flexibility and can be formed into whatever shape suits you through hand shaping. For you hat to maintain its original shape, pick up or handle your Wayúu hat by the brim, or by cupping the crown with an open palm. NEVER PINCH IT BY THE CROWN. When resting your hat on a flat surface, place it facing up (crown down) to maintain brim shape.

Most styles of authentic Mawisa Wayúu hats should never be rolled. If you choose to roll your hat do not leave it rolled or folded for long periods of time as this promotes cracking.

Lastly, avoid wearing your straw Wayúu hat in the rain. Mawisa straw will withstand light moisture, but a soaking might cause the hat to lose its shape.

Cleaning

Wayúu hats are easy to clean. Wipe down the hat with a soft, lint-free, tightly-woven cloth (to prevent catching or snagging). You may also try a moist facial or baby wipe. If your hat still isn't as clean as you’d like, a small amount of mild soap and water should do the trick.

Note: Do not get a straw hat too wet or it may shrink.

Reshaping

If your hat loses its shape due to heavy rain or an unfortunate mishap (it happens!), try to reshape it a couple of different ways. First try to bring it back to shape by simply adjusting the brim and crown with your own hands, slowly and delicately until it regains its shape. If this does not work, hold the hat in steam over boiling water and mold the hat back into shape. A blow dryer – on a low heat setting – can be used to dry the hat as you are reforming its shape.

Note: Do not get a straw hat too wet or it may shrink.

Storage

When storing your hat, you can use the bag the hat came in and maintain it on its brim on a flat surface. However, it’s best to use a hat box. We recommend you invest in one. If you own several Wayúu hats, try to not stack them or store them on top of one another. If you must stack them, place the smallest hat on a base that will lift the hat and support it by the crown, then stack bigger hats on top ensuring that the brims of the lower hats are not weighted down and misshapen.

Wayúu Straw Bag

Now that you have your straw bag, you must know that they are also made from the same material as your Wayúu straw hat, thus they are also resistant yet delicate because they are made using natural straw fibers.

A genuine Wayúu straw bag is a handmade treasure, and no two bags are alike. Slight imperfections in color, weave, and finish – either by nature or the artisan’s hand – make it unique! We want you to be pleased with your purchase for many years to come. Your Wayúu straw bag will continue to look like new if you follow the basic care instructions we recommend below.

Handling

Your authentic Wayúu straw bag is known for its weave and flexibility. Your bag will maintain its original shape even after long periods of usage. Simply carry it from the handles and avoid very heavy items inside. When resting your bag on a flat surface, place it on its base, avoid laying it on its sides on rough surfaces as this may damage the natural straw fibers.

This authentic Mawisa Wayúu bags should never be rolled or bended significantly. If you choose to bend your bag slightly do not leave it bended for long periods of time as this promotes cracking.

Cleaning

Moisten a white cloth or old T-shirt with cold water. Wring thoroughly to remove excess water. Wipe the bag gently with the damp cloth to remove surface dirt. (If all the dirt left and you are happy, stop here!)

Mix two to three drops of dish soap or baby shampoo into a basin filled with cold water to start cleaning your handbag. Wring the water out of the cloth, until the soft material is damp to the touch. If the cloth is dripping wet, the straw bag will soak up the excess water and create a permanent stain.

Apply the suds from the soapy water to the dirty areas of the straw handbag with the cloth. To prevent tearing the sensitive straw fibers, avoid rubbing the bag vigorously.

Rinse the white cloth again with cold water to remove any soapy residue from the baby shampoo or mild liquid detergent. Wring the cloth to ensure the material is free from soap. 

Wipe the wet area of the straw bag down with the clean damp rag.  

Wipe gently and in the direction of the straw bag's weave; do not attempt to wipe against the grain of the straw handbag. Doing so may cause damage to the straw fibers.

Place the purse on a table in a well-ventilated area. Allow the straw purse to dry a minimum of 12 hours.

Note: Test for the handbag's colorfastness on the inside edge or bottom of the purse, before wiping it entirely with a damp cloth.

TIP: Never submerge your straw bag in water. Clean the surface with cold water and an old rag only. 

Storage

When storing a straw bag, avoid too much sun exposure and strong light, so that its color lasts longer. Avoid getting your bag wet and make sure you keep heavy items out of it.

Make sure that you store straw bags far from heaters, and avoid areas with too much humidity. If you collect them, you can stack one inside the other.

Care

Wayúu Straw Hat

A genuine Wayúu hat is a handmade treasure, and no two hats are alike. Slight imperfections in color, weave, and finish – either by nature or the artisan’s hand – make it unique! We want you to be pleased with your purchase for many years to come. Your Wayúu hat will continue to look like new if you follow the basic care instructions we recommend below.

Handling

Your authentic Wayúu hat is known for its weave and flexibility and can be formed into whatever shape suits you through hand shaping. For you hat to maintain its original shape, pick up or handle your Wayúu hat by the brim, or by cupping the crown with an open palm. NEVER PINCH IT BY THE CROWN. When resting your hat on a flat surface, place it facing up (crown down) to maintain brim shape.

Most styles of authentic Mawisa Wayúu hats should never be rolled. If you choose to roll your hat do not leave it rolled or folded for long periods of time as this promotes cracking.

Lastly, avoid wearing your straw Wayúu hat in the rain. Mawisa straw will withstand light moisture, but a soaking might cause the hat to lose its shape.

Cleaning

Wayúu hats are easy to clean. Wipe down the hat with a soft, lint-free, tightly-woven cloth (to prevent catching or snagging). You may also try a moist facial or baby wipe. If your hat still isn't as clean as you’d like, a small amount of mild soap and water should do the trick.

Note: Do not get a straw hat too wet or it may shrink.

Reshaping

If your hat loses its shape due to heavy rain or an unfortunate mishap (it happens!), try to reshape it a couple of different ways. First try to bring it back to shape by simply adjusting the brim and crown with your own hands, slowly and delicately until it regains its shape. If this does not work, hold the hat in steam over boiling water and mold the hat back into shape. A blow dryer – on a low heat setting – can be used to dry the hat as you are reforming its shape.

Note: Do not get a straw hat too wet or it may shrink.

Storage

When storing your hat, you can use the bag the hat came in and maintain it on its brim on a flat surface. However, it’s best to use a hat box. We recommend you invest in one. If you own several Wayúu hats, try to not stack them or store them on top of one another. If you must stack them, place the smallest hat on a base that will lift the hat and support it by the crown, then stack bigger hats on top ensuring that the brims of the lower hats are not weighted down and misshapen.

Wayúu Straw Bag

Now that you have your straw bag, you must know that they are also made from the same material as your Wayúu straw hat, thus they are also resistant yet delicate because they are made using natural straw fibers.

A genuine Wayúu straw bag is a handmade treasure, and no two bags are alike. Slight imperfections in color, weave, and finish – either by nature or the artisan’s hand – make it unique! We want you to be pleased with your purchase for many years to come. Your Wayúu straw bag will continue to look like new if you follow the basic care instructions we recommend below.

Handling

Your authentic Wayúu straw bag is known for its weave and flexibility. Your bag will maintain its original shape even after long periods of usage. Simply carry it from the handles and avoid very heavy items inside. When resting your bag on a flat surface, place it on its base, avoid laying it on its sides on rough surfaces as this may damage the natural straw fibers.

This authentic Mawisa Wayúu bags should never be rolled or bended significantly. If you choose to bend your bag slightly do not leave it bended for long periods of time as this promotes cracking.
Most styles of authentic Mawisa Wayúu hats should never be rolled. If you choose to roll your hat do not leave it rolled or folded for long periods of time as this promotes cracking.

Lastly, avoid wearing your straw Wayúu hat in the rain. Mawisa straw will withstand light moisture, but a soaking might cause the hat to lose its shape.

Cleaning

Moisten a white cloth or old T-shirt with cold water. Wring thoroughly to remove excess water. Wipe the bag gently with the damp cloth to remove surface dirt. (If all the dirt left and you are happy, stop here!)

Mix two to three drops of dish soap or baby shampoo into a basin filled with cold water to start cleaning your handbag. Wring the water out of the cloth, until the soft material is damp to the touch. If the cloth is dripping wet, the straw bag will soak up the excess water and create a permanent stain.

Apply the suds from the soapy water to the dirty areas of the straw handbag with the cloth. To prevent tearing the sensitive straw fibers, avoid rubbing the bag vigorously.

Rinse the white cloth again with cold water to remove any soapy residue from the baby shampoo or mild liquid detergent. Wring the cloth to ensure the material is free from soap. 

Wipe the wet area of the straw bag down with the clean damp rag.  

Wipe gently and in the direction of the straw bag's weave; do not attempt to wipe against the grain of the straw handbag. Doing so may cause damage to the straw fibers.

Place the purse on a table in a well-ventilated area. Allow the straw purse to dry a minimum of 12 hours.

Note: Test for the handbag's colorfastness on the inside edge or bottom of the purse, before wiping it entirely with a damp cloth.

TIP: Never submerge your straw bag in water. Clean the surface with cold water and an old rag only. 

Storage

When storing a straw bag, avoid too much sun exposure and strong light, so that its color lasts longer. Avoid getting your bag wet and make sure you keep heavy items out of it.

Make sure that you store straw bags far from heaters, and avoid areas with too much humidity. If you collect them, you can stack one inside the other.

Care

Wayúu Straw Hat

A genuine Wayúu hat is a handmade treasure, and no two hats are alike. Slight imperfections in color, weave, and finish – either by nature or the artisan’s hand – make it unique! We want you to be pleased with your purchase for many years to come. Your Wayúu hat will continue to look like new if you follow the basic care instructions we recommend below.

Handling

Your authentic Wayúu hat is known for its weave and flexibility and can be formed into whatever shape suits you through hand shaping. For you hat to maintain its original shape, pick up or handle your Wayúu hat by the brim, or by cupping the crown with an open palm. NEVER PINCH IT BY THE CROWN. When resting your hat on a flat surface, place it facing up (crown down) to maintain brim shape.

Most styles of authentic Mawisa Wayúu hats should never be rolled. If you choose to roll your hat do not leave it rolled or folded for long periods of time as this promotes cracking.

Lastly, avoid wearing your straw Wayúu hat in the rain. Mawisa straw will withstand light moisture, but a soaking might cause the hat to lose its shape.

Cleaning

Wayúu hats are easy to clean. Wipe down the hat with a soft, lint-free, tightly-woven cloth (to prevent catching or snagging). You may also try a moist facial or baby wipe. If your hat still isn't as clean as you’d like, a small amount of mild soap and water should do the trick.

Note: Do not get a straw hat too wet or it may shrink.

Reshaping

If your hat loses its shape due to heavy rain or an unfortunate mishap (it happens!), try to reshape it a couple of different ways. First try to bring it back to shape by simply adjusting the brim and crown with your own hands, slowly and delicately until it regains its shape. If this does not work, hold the hat in steam over boiling water and mold the hat back into shape. A blow dryer – on a low heat setting – can be used to dry the hat as you are reforming its shape.

Note: Do not get a straw hat too wet or it may shrink.

Storage

When storing your hat, you can use the bag the hat came in and maintain it on its brim on a flat surface. However, it’s best to use a hat box. We recommend you invest in one. If you own several Wayúu hats, try to not stack them or store them on top of one another. If you must stack them, place the smallest hat on a base that will lift the hat and support it by the crown, then stack bigger hats on top ensuring that the brims of the lower hats are not weighted down and misshapen.

Wayúu Straw Bag

Now that you have your straw bag, you must know that they are also made from the same material as your Wayúu straw hat, thus they are also resistant yet delicate because they are made using natural straw fibers.

A genuine Wayúu straw bag is a handmade treasure, and no two bags are alike. Slight imperfections in color, weave, and finish – either by nature or the artisan’s hand – make it unique! We want you to be pleased with your purchase for many years to come. Your Wayúu straw bag will continue to look like new if you follow the basic care instructions we recommend below.

Handling

Your authentic Wayúu straw bag is known for its weave and flexibility. Your bag will maintain its original shape even after long periods of usage. Simply carry it from the handles and avoid very heavy items inside. When resting your bag on a flat surface, place it on its base, avoid laying it on its sides on rough surfaces as this may damage the natural straw fibers.

This authentic Mawisa Wayúu bags should never be rolled or bended significantly. If you choose to bend your bag slightly do not leave it bended for long periods of time as this promotes cracking.

Cleaning

Moisten a white cloth or old T-shirt with cold water. Wring thoroughly to remove excess water. Wipe the bag gently with the damp cloth to remove surface dirt. (If all the dirt left and you are happy, stop here!)

Mix two to three drops of dish soap or baby shampoo into a basin filled with cold water to start cleaning your handbag. Wring the water out of the cloth, until the soft material is damp to the touch. If the cloth is dripping wet, the straw bag will soak up the excess water and create a permanent stain.

Apply the suds from the soapy water to the dirty areas of the straw handbag with the cloth. To prevent tearing the sensitive straw fibers, avoid rubbing the bag vigorously.

Rinse the white cloth again with cold water to remove any soapy residue from the baby shampoo or mild liquid detergent. Wring the cloth to ensure the material is free from soap. 

Wipe the wet area of the straw bag down with the clean damp rag.  

Wipe gently and in the direction of the straw bag's weave; do not attempt to wipe against the grain of the straw handbag. Doing so may cause damage to the straw fibers.

Place the purse on a table in a well-ventilated area. Allow the straw purse to dry a minimum of 12 hours.

Note: Test for the handbag's colorfastness on the inside edge or bottom of the purse, before wiping it entirely with a damp cloth.

TIP: Never submerge your straw bag in water. Clean the surface with cold water and an old rag only. 

Storage

When storing a straw bag, avoid too much sun exposure and strong light, so that its color lasts longer. Avoid getting your bag wet and make sure you keep heavy items out of it.

Make sure that you store straw bags far from heaters, and avoid areas with too much humidity. If you collect them, you can stack one inside the other.