Weaving Hope Collection
Introducing the #1 curated collection of Colombian artisan mochilas.
This curation of Colombian mochilas
is part of a social impact project
. We work directly with indigenous tribes in Colombia, paying them fair wages, to create one of our top products, the Colombian mochila. We believe sustainable and fair trade fashion can change the world, the environment and the lives of individuals. The Colombian mochila is just one example of how our brand is committed to that mission.
We do not intervene in their designs, they are 100% handcrafted accessories. The Mochilas are admired Colombian artisan bags made by indigenous communities of the Sierra Nevada in Colombia. Nowadays, the bags have turned into a cultural emblem for Colombian identity. In the 1960s, the Mochila accessed large Colombian cities and is used predominantly by people today as a way to declare their native culture.
In 2006, the knapsack was voted as the Arhuaco cultural symbol of Colombia. The bags usually carry indigenous drawings or representations of animals and other objects of their cosmology. Each design identifies different families and their sub-culture.
Our mochilas include mochilas made from fique; a natural fiber that is cultivated in the Andean region, or from virgin sheep´s wool. Fique is considered the national fiber of Colombia. The indigenous communities from the Colombian Andes implemented fique for several centuries to make garments, ropes, hammocks and other tools. Fique is well-known for its strength and durability. Sheep's wool is also considered to be a very resistant fiber. The shearing process of the sheep is done manually with scissors and is not harmful to the animal. They get an annual haircut and is considered to be a healthy practice.
Both fique and wool fibers are dyed with natural pigments by means of a boiling process, fiber is then wound and then woven by the local artisans using different color threads.
The Arhuaco community lives in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a ridge that is located in northern Colombia in territories comprising the departments of Cesar, Guajira, and Magdalena.
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