WHAT SIZE MOCHILA SHOULD I GO FOR?
Mochilitas – these are more of a nighttime, evening bag or for a day out where you don’t need to take loads with you – these fit phone, purse a bit of make up, small bottle of water.
TLDR; Mochilas are great for day-to-day, festivals, beach. Mochilitas are ideal for evenings or events when you don’t need to take as much with you.
SINGLE COLOUR OR PATTERNED?
This one is up to your personal preferences. Some objective advice we would give to our friends over a cup of tea; the single colours go with more things, the patterned pieces are going to make you stand out from the crowd.
One thing to also note is that some of the single colour bags have intricate patterns only on the bottom, that might be a happy in between if you’re really struggling with this part of the decision making process!
SHOULD I GO FOR DOUBLE OR SINGLE THREAD?
Okay, so listen up because this is important for you to understand! It will also help you to understand why some of the bags have a higher price tag than others.
Characteristics of a single thread, they can take up to one month to complete. They are made up of a tighter wave which means that they are lighter and stronger than the double thread bags. Single thread mochilas require a higher level of skill and the designs are more intricate – often it’s the older Wayuu artisans who make these bags and can command respect in their communities for being able to create such works of art.
Single thread mochilas are hard to find, both inside and outside of Colombia – they are slowly fading out because the double thread mochilas take less time and skill – Wayuu women are being forced to make those in the dozens and middle men are making the profit selling to unsuspecting tourists.
Now, this isn’t to say Double threads don’t have their own advantages! When we started working with the women at the Talento Colectivo Cooperative we were clear that we wanted to be able to offer work to artisans of all ability and skill, we also wanted to ensure we had a range of price points to be able to make these products accessible to you guys! Our single colour double thread mochilas are some of our most popular styles – willing to spend slightly more? You can get an intricate design on the base for just a few pounds more!
We have made sure to include as much of this information in each of the project descriptions and have also categorised them so if, e.g. you are certain you want a single rather than a double thread Wayuu mochila you can search by that!
Enjoy the process, but don’t take too long - there’s only one of every style!