All of our products are hand woven by the Wayuu women of La Guajira, Colombia. Wayuu women have long been experts in the art of weaving, a skill that is passed down through the generations. Designs are generally unique and hold specific meaning to the weaver; different colours and patterns representing a story, cultural event or identity. In the Wayuu culture the art of weaving is the ultimate demonstration of creativity and wisdom.
Originally mochilas were made for both practical purposes and to demonstrate cultural identity through artistic expression. However in recent times the sale of the mochilas has become an essential means of financial support for the Wayuu people, helping to preserve their traditional way of life in times of economic and cultural hardship. We work directly with the Wayuu women that weave our mochilas; paying a fair price and also donating 15% of profits to the local community. Please see about us for further information.
A Wayuu mochila can be woven using 2 different techniques; the single thread or the 2 thread weave. Unfortunately the vast majority being produced are of the 2 thread weave, which is a newer technique developed to produce low quality mochilas as quickly as possible for mass market. The technique is leading to the decline in production of the high quality single thread mochilas. However please rest assured that all of our products are woven with a single thread weave!
Characteristics of a single thread weave:
Despite what other websites may claim about their products mochilas woven with a 2 threads technique have the following characteristics:
All of our mochilas are hand woven using the single thread technique by our select group of approximately 40 expert weavers and they really are a bit special! They are simply not comparable to the 2 thread mochilas that are widely available elsewhere!