Maria Paulina, founder and creative director of MÂKUA, was born in Medellin, Colombia.
She graduated from University with a degree in Architecture. This allows her to approach jewelry not only from the aesthetics, but also from a technical and constructive way. At her return to Colombia after living in Buenos Aires for almost two years, she travel accidentaly to an indigenous community (the Emebra chami) close to her natal city Medellin.
There, she discover the crystal beads embroideries they made with ancestral craft techiniques, and decided to convert this art pieces into weareable jewelry for contemporary women. That was in 2012, and in 2014, she founded MÂKUA in Medellin, Colombia.
MÂKUA is a Colombian jewelry brand that brings together the legacy of ancestral techniques of indigenous communities, alongside modern jewelry (23k goldplated brass). We work with fair trade politics and social entrepreneurial responsibility, seeking to empower indigenous women, encouraging them to continue with their techniques that they have inherited from generation to generation. Until now, MÂKUA has worked with two different indigenous communities from Colombia: TheEmbera Chami,a community known for their work with crystal beads embroideries; and theKuna Tule,which are specialized on the famous “Mola”, a colorful textile costume and art form made with ancient techniques of applied embroidery.
We have been published in magazines such as: VOGUE Latin America, VOGUE Brasil, JCK magazine, Disfunkshion Magazine, Vogue USA (online). MÂKUA Jewelry is already in France (Musée du Quai Branly), Switzerland, Spain, USA, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Panama, El Salvador and Colombia.