Purchases are not always about paying money to get an intangible product. The Wayuu bag - a handcrafted accessory - crocheted by the Wayuu indigenous artisans of Colombia, is a form of art that deserves more attention and preservation.
Now you can have a beautiful bag to match your daily outfit while supporting a community of talented artisans and a very rich culture! ❤️
Here are 5 Reasons to Buy a Mochila Wayuu Bag that you need to know:
1. Versatility: It matches you every day in every way.
Mochila Wayuu Bags are colorful and have unique and special patterns. You can easily show your style with them. No matter what outfit you feel like wearing, a Wayuu bag will surely complement your look. We got a great variety of mochilas with different sizes, colors and designs to offer a Mochila Wayuu for your everyday needs. Check out some of our mochila styles!
See also The Power of Color to learn more about how colors affect your feelings.
2. Culture maintenance: It helps the Wayuu community to keep functioning and preserving their rich culture and traditions.
As technology evolves every day and "modernization" is taking over society, keeping traditions is getting more challenging. That is why we dedicate ourselves in supporting the preservation of the Wayuu as well as other indigenous and traditional cultures in South America. Just like other indigenous communities, the Wayuu is also rich in art, and their artworks and handicrafts are the most prominent evidence and representation of the spirit of their culture.
When buying a Mochila Wayuu and other of our indigenous made products, you are supporting indigenous artists and their culture preservation, since supporting the handicrafts industry helps them to continue this practice and with this the knowledge and tradition linked to this activity that is crucial part of their identity.
3. Story: It tells the story of the Wayuu people.
Every Wayuu bag is handcrafted with love, respect and pride, and a story that symbolizes important parts of the Wayuu people is woven into each bag design, which is told through the bag’s colors, patterns, and shapes that the individual artist has created and that makes each bag so special and unique. Further, keeping the handicraft activity is necessary for the survival of the Wayuu culture as important knowledge is pass on through the storytelling that takes part in the preparation and making of the bags.
We believe the story and significance behind every bag deserve to be known by more people around the world!
4. Financial Support: offers job opportunities.
Making and trading Mochila Wayuu Bags is one of the major economic sources of the Wayuu people. If there is demand in the market, it will definitely support and create more job opportunities in the community for the waivers. With the fair trade environment that we create for the artisans, you can help the Wayuu people improve their quality of life by buying their beautifully handmade bags and other products.
5. Talent recognition: It supports and protects the talent of Wayuu artisans.
Nothing proves Wayuu artisans’ talent better than the artwork itself. With every purchase of a Wayuu bag or a Wayuu made product, the chances of them being known by people are higher. The technique is not just a gift that is inherent in the community, rather it is one that deserves to be seen.
Make yourself part of this journey!
Thinking about having a Wayuu bag of your own? At Indiarts Collective, we have a wide selection of these bags and other Wayuu products. Under our fair trade system, we guarantee that every artisan is fully respected and getting what they deserve.
Shop our Wayuu Style Collection here!