Maybe this story about the Wayuu Mochila Bags makes you curious about the creative spirits behind the Colombian bags. Most people know these bags come from Colombia, but do not know by whom and for what reason these colorful bags are made. The name ‘Wayuu Mochila’ says it all, because they are generated by the Wayuu tribes of Colombia.

The women of the Wayuu tribe are the creative makers of the Mochila Bags. The art of weaving has been around for a long time and is passed on from generation to generation. At an early age the young girls learn their first tricks of this complicated craft of weaving. For the women of the Wayuu tribe it is a privilege to be able to make the Mochila Bags. In the Wayuu culture it is a sign of intelligence, creativity and wisdom. 

It is a complicated process. The making of one bag may require three weeks of intensive and concentrated work of one Wayuu woman. The Mochila bags are made from thick or thin wire. It doesn’t matter much for the quality of your bag. When you buy a Mochila Bag you are it is almost certain that you will enjoy your colorful bag for the rest of your life. The bags are strong, beautifully textured, handmade and of a wonderful quality.

It can take 2 weeks up to one full month for an  to weave a single bag depending on the complexity of the design and skill of the weaver. Weaving these bags takes great dedication from these Wayuu women and really shows how devoted they are to their craft! Today, the Wayuu bags are a crucial part of the Wayuu economy and means for financial support, which enables them to preserve their culture, traditions, and way of life.

Each Wayuu mother teaches her daughter how to weave and crochet, keeping the tradition as alive and vibrant as ever.  To the Wayuu, weaving is a symbol of wisdom, intelligence, and creativity.  As young Wayuu women come of age, they learn to create Mochilas Wayuu bags.  According to legend, the tradition comes from "Wale´kerü", a spider that taught the women how to weave their creative drawings into the Wayuu bags.  Each design incorporated into every Wayuu bag is unique to the weaver, telling a story through the bag's colors, patterns and shapes.  The weaver takes careful precision in her storytelling, making sure that the Mochila bag is a strong representation of Wayuu culture.  Wayuu women work full days while weaving their Wayuu bags and can take up to a full month to complete one single bag.  Today, Wayuu bags has become a means of financial support for the Wayuu people, which enables them to preserve their way of life.

The Wayuu women are incredibly talented at crocheting beautiful designs and patterns. To the Wayuu, the patterns tell the story of their culture and way of life. Wayuu women are taught how to crochet at an early age. By the time a Wayuu girl reaches adulthood, they have mastered crochet techniques.

The Wayuu women help support their community. It is fair trade, so these women together with their community will benefit from this beautiful art of weaving. This is why their art and their culture will remain!


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