Dream catchers are not a thing to protect your dreams anymore, they are also a tool to make these dreams come true. As a consumer, we keep looking for better ways to make ourselves happy while helping others. This is the story of how Manik and You are helping young girls and indigenous artisans to have a better life.
In the fall of 2014, with the mountains of Medellin, Colombia, as a background, two sisters decided to create a brand that could help other people believe in their dreams and fight for them, no matter where they were. This is how, Stefania and Erika Londoño started making dream catchers, which were originally created by the Native American tribe Sioux to preserve the good dreams. In addition to the dream catchers, the Londoño sisters started crafting macrame wall hanging, made with love and positive energy.
The word Manik means, according to the Mayan astrology, "essence of something wonderfully created through knowledge", and represents healing, friendship and generosity. This name also invites you to discover the world that everybody has in their hands and to heal through them. By handcrafting the dream catchers, Manik helps people develop their intuition, strengthen their inner wisdom and find happiness.
Every product is made by people who love what they do and want to help you make your dreams come true.
Manik supports the Juguemos en el bosque Foundation, which seeks to contribute to the education and affective development of children and teenagers through a continuous process that strengthens their values, rights, duties and capacity development. Manik's role is to create a space where 54 young women, with no home, can express their femininity and creativity by making dream catchers. Through this process, these young women gain self-confidence and the skill to make something with their own hands.
Manik's mission is also to make their dreams come true. So far, Manik has taken them to see the sea for the first time, celebrated their "quinceañeros" (sweet 15), organised play dates, taken them to concerts, etc.
See it for yourself here:
The Wayuu Collection and social responsibility
Manik has come a long way in a very short time, not only by expanding their business internationally but also by helping their community. So when purchasing a dream catcher, you will bring vibrant colours to your home but, most importantly, you will be supporting strong and creative women! Maloka is committed with social responsibility thinking and practice and has chosen some of Manik's best dream catchers to bring their stories to The Netherlands. The products we have brought are part of Manik's Wayuu Collection, which is inspired in the Wayuu people, a Latin American ethnic group of the Guajira Peninsula in northern Colombia and northwest Venezuela. These stunning dream catchers, with colourful and unique designs, are made by the Wayuu women who got their inspiration from nature and ancestral wisdom. Manik wants to contribute to the preservation of the Guajira's artisan tradition and support these creative and entrepreneurial women.
The Dream Catchers
To support the Wayuu community, you can purchase their handmade dreamcatchers here (Maloka). To keep updated about the latest news on the artisans’ products and how you can support them, please send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, we will add you to our mailing list.