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Wayúu mochilas are traditional crocheted cross-body bags made by Indigenous Wayúu artisans from La Guajira, Colombia.

They embody ancestral culture and the local landscapes of La Guajira, as well as well as modern styles that are uniquely inspired.

Their versatility, beautiful design and long-lasting material make them one of the best bags on the market!

The Luja mochila is a striking display the work(wo)manship. This beautiful design comes in the black and gold and beige and white variation.

One Thread Collective works with over 100 Wayúu women artisans from La Guajira, Colombia.

The Wayúu are a matriarchal tribe with a rich tradition of weaving that is passed down to young girls from their mothers and grandmothers - a sacred rite of passage that preserves culture and provides income-earning opportunities for Wayúu women.

Weaving is the principle source of income for the majority of the women we work with - help us to improve economic independence for Wayúu women by making a purchase today.

Meet the artisans or Learn more about the Wayúu

Ethical

Sustainable

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$95.00
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Luja

$95.00 USD
Product details

Made by hand, not machine

Love the imperfections!

Enjoy the little details of your bag knowing it's an expression of the unique talent and weaving style of the artisan who made your bag.

Sizes & Dimensions

Small mochila:

17cm base x 20cm height 

Medium mochila:

20cm base x 23cm height 

Large mochila:

24cm base x 28cm height

How to Wash

Care instructions: Gentle machine wash.

Tip: pull the drawstring together and place the tassels inside the mochila.

X Do not tumble-dry

X Do not bleach

X Do not iron

Shipping

Domestic Shipping

We ship domestically based on the local postal service in Santa Barbara, California and Sydney, Australia.

Est. Domestic shipping times
Standard shipping (2-7 business days)
Express post (1-3 business days)

Shipping times may vary and cannot be guaranteed.

International Shipping

We offer international shipping to all major destinations based on our local postal services.

Est. International shipping times
Standard shipping (10-20 business days)
Express post (7-15 business days)

Shipping times may vary and cannot be guaranteed.

Local pick-up

We also offer free local pick-up in the Santa Barbara and Sydney region.

Get in touch with us for more information

FAQs

What material do the artisans weave with?

All of our products are handmade with an acrylic yarn from the interior of Colombia.

Traditionally, the Wayúu used to weave with a natural fibre from the Trupillo tree - a native tree to La Guajira referred to as 'el medico' (the medic) due to it's spirit as a healer.

Changing to an acrylic yarn has been the result of years of displacement and changing environmental conditions, making these natural fibres less accessible.

Where does the money from my purchase go?

10% - Seed funding for Community-led Projects designed by the artisans themselves.

40% - The Women's Empowerment & Entrepreneurship Program, which covers 10-month leadership course, in-community workshops, financial literacy and microloans.

50% - Production costs, which includes fair trade payment for over 100 artisans and covers all transport and material costs so artisans don't have any out-of-pocket expenses.

Do you offer returns or exchanges?

Yes - all of our products are made to be loved. If you are unhappy with your purchase, you have 15 days to return or exchange it for another.

Return shipping fees may apply.

Can I machine wash my mochila?

Yes! A delicate or gentle wash is best.

See further instructions in the product details section above.

The Impact of your Purchase

Women's Empowerment & Entrepreneurship

The majority of your purchase funds consistent fair trade income-earning and educational opportunities for over 100 Wayúu women living in remote villages.

Community Projects

10% of each purchase goes towards seed funding for community-led projects designed and governed by the artisans themselves to create long lasting grassroots change that benefits entire communities.

Children's Nutrition and Education

We proudly sponsor 'Para los Niños del Mundo', a children’s school for Indigenous, Afro-Colombian, displaced and migrant children living in vulnerable conditions in La Guajira, Colombia.

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