The most northern part of Colombia is Punta Gallinas, consisting of Rancherias and beautiful desert landscapes. Electricity is scarce and internet nonexistent.
At 5am from Cabo De La Vela we travel for two hours by 4x4 vehicle and then take a 15 minute boat ride to a hostel. This takes us to the most northern part of the country, it’s truly stunning but we haven’t found any women artisans.
This is our chance we ask some of the community if there are women here making the bags we are told to wait 30 minutes. The owner of the hostel then takes us 20 minutes into the desert where he drops us off and leaves pointing to the small Wayuu houses.
We walk over and are greeted by Yakalin and her family. She has been making Mochila since she was 15. Her single thread bags take over 1 month to make and are beautiful and intricate.
She walks us through how she knits and the process of making the straps. Her community sells mostly to other local communities where they slowly work there way to the bigger towns.
We try to find any way we can work with her in the future but she has no access to internet or postage for the future orders.
Why a Tmac Mochila?
There is a woman who is the envy of all whenever she meets up with her girlfriends. Whether it's a trip to see the sights in a European capital city, a Beach Holiday in Tulum, a weekend in the Hamptons or covered in glitter at Burning Man, we are here to help you become that woman.
Now listen up, we're going to let you into a little secret... that woman knows that the clothes they are wearing and accessories they have chosen need to be more than beautiful, they need to tell a story. And a good one.
"Where did you get that bag?"....
... who wants to answer [Insert soulless high street chain store name here] when you could be telling the story of Sandra and the hundreds of years Wayuu heritage and traditions that are behind it.
By buying one of these beautiful bags you’re not only adding a one of a kind bag to your collection, you are supporting womankind in the process - financially, of course, but also by sharing the 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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