The second stage of our journey in La Guajira took us from Riohacha to a very small coastal town of Cabo De La Vela. Here we had heard we would find more artisans as we get deeper into the desert and into the heart of the Wayuu region.
Getting there consisted of a shared car that runs between Riohacha and Uriba, around a two hour journey. From here it’s 4x4 vehicles only into the desert and a two and a half hour over very bumpy sandy roads.
Arriving we immediately ask the local community if any of the women make the mochila here. We are pointed to a small Wayuu house around a 15 minute walk away. We arrive at the home and introduce ourselves to Aurora making some of the most incredible mochilas we have seen.
She walks us through the making process and shows us around we property. We try to work with her in the future but she has no access to the internet or a way of posting the products.
We do though come away with three incredibly made stunning bags and some new TMAC friends.
Why a Tmac Mochilita?
Have you heard about our #miprimeramochila campaign?
We launched this campaign to get young girls thinking ethically from an early age about where the things they own come from. #mirprimeramochila or "my first bag" was launched not only want to teach young girls to value all of their possessions but also to start from a young age instilling in young girls the importance of supporting other girls.
This is the perfect gift for any daughter, granddaughter, goddaughter or niece - every bag comes with a matching bracelet. Both bracelet and bag are lasting gifts that will be treasured and passed down through generations.
By buying one of these beautiful bags you are supporting womankind - financially, of course, but also by sharing their story - we have to work together ladies - where better to start than with a beautiful bag? It’s actually kind of obvious.
What’s in the Box?
All of our Wayuu Collection comes hand packaged in a beautiful box, with a description of where your pieces have come from, who made it and a set of cards to share with friends and family so you can show off that you are a conscientious consumer - it’s something to be proud of! In addition to this, each of our Wayuu Collection pieces comes with a completely unique bracelet made up of the same colours as the bag you have chosen. This is exclusive to the TMAC mochilas.
The Wayuu Collection was created by a cooperative of indigenous women living deep in the Guajira desert on the border between Colombia & Venezuela. Every one of these traditional mochilas is completely unique and made in using the traditional Wayuu techniques.
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