Kankuamo Fique Mochila Bag in Colorful Patterns
Colorful Kankuamo Crossbody Bags (aka. Mochilas) Handwoven in Fique Natural Fibers by Women of the Indigenous Tribe in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta – Colombia
L 34” x W 12” x H 13”
Weight 7 – 9 oz
The Kankuamos have been weaving the bags for hundreds of years, they were originally used as currency used to trade with other tribes for food, textiles and other goods. They were also a part of all rituals in their life cycle.
The bags, which are woven using ancestral techniques passed on through generations, are of sacred importance to the Kankuamo people as their pattern represents the story of the origin of the world. Each bag is a gift, made by hand in a process that can take up to a week and which fewer and fewer of the younger members choose to participate in.
After many years in which violence threatened their existence and religious shame inclined them towards abandoning their traditions, the Kankuamo have decided to claim back their customs and through the fique mochilas, share it with the world.
Each fique mochila promotes the Kankuamo, their culture, and ensures their survival.
MATERIAL: 100% natural fibers from fique plant
PATTERN STYLE: Stripes
FABRICATION: 100% handwoven
ORIGIN: Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia – South America
DIMENSIONS: L 34” x W 12” x H 13” – L 86 cm x W 30 cm x H 33 cm
SHOULDER DROP: 21” – 53 cm
CLOSURE TYPE: Slip-on
STRAP TYPE: cross body strap
LINING DESCRIPTION: no lining
OCCASION LIFESTYLE: woven, casual
SPECIAL FEATURES: Tassels
WEIGHT: 7 – 9 oz -> 198 – 255 grams.
BRAND: Kiskadee Design (Registered Trademark) – Ethical and sustainable accessories. Each of our pieces contributes to helping women and members of various indigenous communities in the countries of origin.