Wayuu bag, made by hand with natural cotton
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Width: 38 cm (folded)
Height: 27 cm (folded)
Base diameter: 21 cm
Strap: 109 cm x 6 cm approx.
The Wayuu people (also called Guajiros) are a Native American tribe living in the northeast of Colombia, in the state of „La Guajira“ and in the northwest of Venezuela, in the state of „Zulia“.
The tribe, descending from the Arawak people, lives in the desert and has around 600.000 members. They are famous for the complex crochet-patterns, which decorate their „mochilas“. Through their fabrication, the knowledge of the Wayuu tribe is being passed on from mother to daughter. Each pattern reflects the thoughts of its artist. The creation of a bag, made in cotton can take up to four weeks.
All our bags are 100 % handmade. They were made by women of the fallowing ethnic groups: Arhuaco, Kogi, Kancuamo, Wayuu. All of them live in the north of Colombia, three of them in the „Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta“, which is the world’s highest costal mountain range.
It reaches from the Caribbean coast up to 5.775 m above sea level. Today, around 20.000 American Natives live in this region. They are in danger of extinction. The Wayuu, on the other side, live in the Colombian and Venezuelan desert.