Pink Fique Mochila made by Kankuamo women in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
Perfect for any occasion.
L 32in x W 10 in x H 10 in
Weight 7.5 oz
8 in stock
These beautiful and versatile mochilas are made by women from the Kankuamo Indigenous Tribe in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The bags are woven from fique fibers which are processed and dyed with natural plant coloring, assuring that no one bag is identical to any other.
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 mochilas, share it with the world.
Each bag promotes the Kankuamo, their culture, and ensures their survival.
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