A bet on environment

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Mariana Múnera Monsalve

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Fique history in Colombia dates back to pre-Hispanic times, when the Indians tied their bows to hunt with this fiber, while women elaborated fabrics for clothing for their families. Over time this plant originated the sack, sandals and jíquera, products that represent the  olombian culture around the world.


In Colombia, the fique grows in most areas of the country, especially in the departments of Cauca, Nariño, Santander, Antioquia and Boyaca. The country produces about 30 thousand tons of fique a year and 70,000 families depend on this activity.


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