Embassy Workshop: Patchwork From Colombia

Beaches full of vegetation overlook clear, blue waters.
Providencia island in Colombia. © diegocardini/iStock.com.


Join artist and educator Gretha Huffington for an overview and demonstration of the patchwork tradition of Colombia’s San Andrés and Providencia islands. 

This colorful art form has its roots in the traditions of the Puritans who settled in the Colombian archipelago and the enslaved people brought there by force. Generations of mothers and daughters have passed down the technique, together with stories of ancestors and daily life, and community values.

If you would like to try the patchwork technique at home during the demonstration, you will need a variety of colorful fabric pieces, scissors, needle and thread.

This program is a collaboration with the Embassy of Colombia and the Pacific Alliance.

About Gretha Huffington 

Gretha Suzeth Huffington May is a therapeutic educator, artist, pattern maker and fashion designer, born in Providencia Island, Colombia. After attending college in Germany she lived in Ghana to learn about Ghanaian culture and her African roots. Huffington has a passion for fashion, art, design and the manufacture of wax-print textiles.

How to Participate

This program will be hosted by the Embassy of Colombia. Please register with them through Eventbrite to receive links and information to join the program.

About the Embassy Workshops

Four virtual workshops celebrate the richness and diversity of handcrafts created by women from the Pacific Alliance countries of Colombia, Peru, Mexico and Chile. The programs are hosted by embassies in honor of the alliance’s 10th anniversary.