About us

UAÍA: Where Creativity and Community Come Together to Empower Artisans

Welcome to UAÍA, the home of sustainable and unique Colombian artisan crafts. Our story began in 2016, when our founders Meylin Carballo and Pablo Hincapie had a vision to create a brand that not only celebrated the beauty of Colombian craftsmanship, but also preserved it for future generations. With three essential handbags, they started a revolution that has now turned UAÍA into a GLO-CAL lifestyle brand with a wide range of products, from handbags to jewelry and home décor.

At UAÍA, we believe that preserving our cultural heritage is crucial, and that’s why we work tirelessly to support and empower local communities of artisans. We visit these communities, co-create with them, and combine traditional designs with our unique and irreverent style. The result is a product that not only reflects the beauty and richness of our culture, but also the creativity and ingenuity of our designers.

Our mission is simple: we work for the PRESERVATION of Colombian CRAFT TRADITION through design. We are committed to ensuring that every UAÍA product is 100% handmade, unique, and infused with the knowledge of Colombian craftsmanship.


What’s more, the name UAÍA means “mother” in the Muisca language, a native Colombian indigenous language. This name represents our commitment to nurturing and supporting our communities, and our dedication to promoting social inclusion and sustainability.

As you browse our website, you’ll see the love and care that goes into every UAÍA product. Each piece is a reflection of our passion for preserving our cultural heritage and supporting our local communities. Whether you’re looking for a stylish handbag, a unique piece of jewelry, or a beautiful home décor item, UAÍA has something for you.

Join us in celebrating the beauty and richness of Colombian craftsmanship. Visit our website today and become a part of the UAÍA family.

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Meylin Carballo is a finance and international business professional who, along with her husband Pablo Hincapie, has a deep passion for preserving Colombian artisan traditions through design. Despite her background in finance, Meylin has a creative spark that she brings to the UAÍA brand, infusing each design with a sense of cultural pride and environmental responsibility. Pablo Hincapie, a trained industrial designer, shares Meylin’s passion for artisan traditions and sustainability. Together, they work tirelessly to create unique, handcrafted products that showcase the beauty and creativity of Colombian craftsmanship, while also supporting local communities and promoting social inclusion. Their commitment to preserving these traditions is evident in every UAÍA product, which is imbued with the knowledge and creativity of its designers.

meylin carballo

Finance and international business

pablo hincapie

Industrial Designer