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The beauty of Colombian art

100% FAIR TRADE Authentic Handmade Wayuu Mochila Bags

Wayuus, also known as the Guajiros, are the indigenous people of the Guajira Peninsula in the North of Colombia and the Northwest of Venezuela.

They have lived in that region for hundreds of years and are one of the few Latin American indigenous people that have resisted European culture and language. There has been mass migration toward urban areas, which has left the Guajira area and it's Wayuu people among the poorest in Latin America. The Wayuu have suffered from racism, discrimination and violence for centuries, and they need as much support as they can get. The Wayuu women that work in these tribes are inspirational. Whilst working long hours to hand produce these beautiful, vibrant bags, they continue to look after their children and families.

It is the mother’s responsibility to educate the Wayuu girls and hand down the complex skill of making the bags, as well as the traditional culture and way of life. Each Wayuu Mochila Bag is completely unique with a design that tells a story about the Wayuu culture and history. To the Wayuu people, this tradition is a symbol of wisdom, intelligence and creativity.

One bag can take up to 2 months to create! These days the Wayuu tribe rely on their beautiful works of art as a way to build financial support for their families, meaning your contribution really makes a difference.

A huge selection in various sizes and colours is available from Marc2, Bath Street, St Helier.

Contact the team on 01534 870761

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