Wayuu Mochila Bags Handmade in Guajira, Colombia
Part of a long tradition, each bag is unique to the weaver, making these enduring pieces a treasure to own.
The Wayuu people of the Guajira Peninsula have been making these coveted Mochilas from generation to generation. A matrimonial society, each mother teachers her daughter the tradition, preserving the heritage of their ancestors. A daughter first learns the technique when she comes of age, during an isolation period in a custom marking her transition to womanhood. The Wayuu have a saying, “To be a woman is to know how to weave”, and her weaving serves as a demonstration of her intelligence and wisdom.
According to legend, this technique was first taught to the Wayuu people by the spider “Wale’kerü” as a story telling technique, and often includes geometric representations of nature and surrounding life. In this way, each bag reflects the story telling and beliefs of the individual and therefore unique to the weaver.