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Carmen Blanco, the Urabá designer who overcame the war

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When the rounds of the bullets began, his legs became paralyzed. He was barely 7 years old, and the fighting between the Army and the guerrillas in San Pablo Tulapas –the district of Turbo, Antioquia, where Carmen Blanco lived with her family– was the daily bread.

"It was like being crippled from a scare," recalls the 43-year-old woman and owner of a fashion design workshop that is gaining strength.

“The war could have stolen my childhood, but not my wishes. My dreams have to be bigger than that ”, says Carmen, who a few days ago fulfilled one that was not even in her plans. Among more than 30 ventures, hers was selected to participate in Colombiamoda, where she arrived as a special guest.

His proposal, 'Carmen Blanco cultural fusion', arrived at the largest fashion fair in the country with dresses, turbans, jackets, skirts and accessories, which combine the fabrics of the indigenous Kuna communities (tulles) that live in Urabá, with the colors and looms of the Afro culture.

“The conflict has caused a number of stigmas on the population of Urabá; for this reason, the simple fact that they know our designs and contribute to the good name of my region is already an achievement ”, says Carmen.

In fact, the passage of the war through Tulapas marked one of the most reprehensible acts of dispossession of land in the country, at the hands of paramilitary groups.

Carmen suffered more than three forced displacements and the murder of the father of one of her four daughters, but she preferred to put aside that past of violence and begin to build her life and vindicate the ethnic values ​​of her land, where four indigenous peoples live together. , Afro and peasant communities.

As a child she began her interest in sewing machines, and more than 23 years ago she began training in clothing. Now that her cultural fusion began to take off and she reached the Colombiamoda catwalk, her dream has grown.

"This began by showing the wealth of Urabá for Colombia, but in the future it may show the wealth of all of Colombia for the whole world," he said.

 

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