Colombia with the Pasto Varnish, the filigree and the music, will take over this world showcase at Expo Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.
The capital of Nariño was one of those selected by the Ministry of Culture to represent Colombia in ‘Expo Dubái’ and the Pasto Varnish will be present to participate in this important international exhibition.
The Mopa Grass Varnish – Mopa is known as a manifestation of intangible cultural heritage. This recognition was made in 2020 by UNESCO.
This trade consists of the decoration of wooden objects, with thin colored and cut sheets.
The materials are obtained by processing the vegetable resin produced by the Mopa-Mopa buds, in the humid forests of Putumayo.
Not only will there be a demonstration of this craft, they will also bring their own products.
There are two artisans selected to represent La Gran Capital this March 10.
Teacher Mary Ortega has been practicing the trade she learned from her father-in-law, teacher Lester Narváez, in the Obrero neighborhood of San Juan de Pasto for 29 years.
And the teacher Richard Valderrama, who learned the technique from his parents. He is currently dedicated to the development of Mopa Mopa Grass Varnish designs.
“I am very grateful to the Ministry of Culture, which was the entity in charge of making this dream possible. We have been waiting for an opportunity like this for many years,” said Mary Ortega.
The international exhibition on a universal scale that is held in Dubai, has the participation of 192 invited countries.
The meeting takes place in the United Arab Emirates. It runs from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.
Expo Dubai is an important opportunity to present Pasto’s crafts and creativity in international spaces.
It is intended to have recognition and support for the cultural and creative industries of Colombia, and for this reason, this exhibition of various cultural manifestations is a window to show the work.
Other cultural samples of Colombia
The Colombian delegation is made up of artists and cultural managers, not only those of the Pasto Varnish, but other expressions.
The craft of filigree, known as the art of weaving silver threads, will also take place in this exhibition with Deisy Ortiz from Tumaco, Nariño and Josimar Pedroza from Mompox, Bolívar.
Musical participation will also be present, it is intended to show the Colombian Caribbean with the musician, composer and producer from the island of Providencia, Elkin Robinson.