Ivory beads' (from a type of palm) and 'Werregues' (woven jars) represent genuine local craftsmanship. It's often best to buy them from mobile sellers.
One of the Colombia's most emblematic products is its craftwork. It can be found all over the city, at different prices; this is one of the best ways to understand Colombian culture. Among the most popular pieces are the ivory beads: tiny figures sculpted in the seeds of the fruit of the ivory palm, named for their colour. Created by a complicated artisan process of drying and woodcarving, you will find them in an infinite number of shapes and colours. There are also the Werregue: ancestral baskets decorated with various symbols of pre-Colombian cultures. It is easy to find all sizes and colours imaginable but you should ask what the symbols represent. Then you'll know a bit more about Colombian culture and you'll be able to choose your favourite werregue. We recommend the mobile sellers' stalls around the Plaza de Bolivar.