The handmade Wayuu Mochila bag from our Single Crochet Collection or the authentic “Una Hebra” Colombian bag is made from a modified single crochet stitch that the Wayuu (pronounced “Wah-You”) women have mastered across many generations. It is a tightly stitched bag of the highest quality, which is light and comfortable to wear. These artisans take approximately 3 weeks to hand make each bag individually for you. You simply will love and enjoy the mochila bag for many years.
100% Authentic. Hand-made with love from La Guajira, Colombia. Read more About Colombia below.
Guacamaya Tribal & your purchases sustain many employment opportunities. We also reinvest our earnings from your purchases to the needs of the Wayuu community. We thank you for your support of our mission. Read more About Fair Trade & Us below.
La Guajira, Colombia is inhabited predominantly by the Wayuu (pronounced “Wah-You”) indigenous tribe. The Wayuu inhabit the arid Guajira Peninsula straddling the Venezuela-Colombia border, on the Caribbean Sea coast. They live in sectors called “Rancherías”, which are 5 or 6 home settlements. The Wayuu women are known for their cultural practice of hand crocheting the Mochila Bag.
The native Wayuu people have historically had limited access to education, financing, and infrastructure. Our business is defined by our passion and commitment to establish Fair Trade practices and socially responsible commerce among these indigenous people. We compensate our artisans with fair and competitive wages. Guacamaya Tribal helps sustain many employment opportunities and reinvests earnings from your purchases to the needs of the Wayuu community. Your purchase helps & empowers them with greater independence and purpose by providing a sustainable income for the beautiful culture and hardworking people of La Guajira, Colombia!