"Walenaya” (Wayuunaiki language) represents the plant that was used in the past to make the thread for waiving “chinchorros” (Wayuu hammocks) as well as mochila bags. Nowadays, cotton has replaced this fabric.
TRADITIONAL WAYUU DESIGNS (KAANAS) & THEIR SIGNIFICANCE
These traditional (autochthonous) designed mochilas hold deep meaning for the Wayuu artisans and culture as each design comes from their ancestors and is considered part of their identity and connected to their worldview, environment and surroundings.
In the Wayuu culture, crocheting is a symbol of wisdom, intelligence, and creativity and artisans take a lot of pride in their work. Each design incorporated into a Wayuu bag is unique to its weaver, telling a story through the bag’s colours, patterns, and shapes. For this collection, we offer exclusive designs that will never be replicated, making each bag a very special ONE OF A KIND possession.
Length: 11”/ 28 cm
Diameter: 7.8"/ 20 cm
Strap: 120 cm/ 47"
*Note all sizes are approximate, as mochilas are handmade, they can have slightly different measures.
Cleaning the fabric is easy, simply hand wash with a mild detergent or wash it in a machine in a delicate setting