The Wayuu people are an indigenous group with matriarchial leaders who are responsible for preserving the Wayuu culture. One of the most significant parts of their culture that the Wayuu women pass on is weaving Mochilas. Each Mochila is unique and tells the story of the woman who made it. It takes anywhere from two to four weeks to make a single bag because each pattern is distinct and woven by hand.
Mochilas are a beautiful cultural tradition and a major source of income for the Wayuu people. They are one of the largest indigenous populations in both Colombia and Venezuela, selling Mochilas has helped them thrive and maintain their unique culture.