This mini Wayuu bag was crafted using the single thread technique, the most intricate and delicate crochet style. It represents approximately 6-10 days of work for a single artisan.
The versatile crochet crossbody Wayuu bag has a non-stretch strap which can be tied into a knot so your Wayuu crossbody can double as a shoulder bag. This piece was created for the woman that values and appreciates true craftsmanship. Practical and easy-to-wash, it’s a wearable work of art that adds that extra layer of handmade creative texture.
SPECS & SIZINGMaterial: 100% AcrylicWidth: 8.5 in (22 cm)Height: 6.5 in (16 cm)Strap: 42 in (106 cm)(As the product is handmade, each bag can vary by approximately 0.5 inch.)
The Wayuu are the largest indigenous group of Colombia. Inhabiting the desertic region of La Guajira, the northernmost point of South America, they are an autonomous and matriarchal tribe.
More than exquisite craftsmanship, the Wayuu bags tell a handwoven story and represent a tradition of what it is to be a Wayuu woman.
The Wayuu tribe are comprised of +30 clans who live in rancherías, small isolated communities made of clay huts with palm roofs. A proud group, the Wayuu have been able to preserve their culture and language despite Europeans’ many attempts to colonize.
For the matriarchal tribe, the tradition of crochet and weaving is a symbol of womanhood, status and intelligence.
Traditionally, women are taught to crochet during the “encierro” a sacred confinement which begins during their first menstruation and can last from months to years.
During this rite of passage into womanhood, a girl learns to care for the home, for her family and crochet.
The longer the confinement, the finer a girl’s weaving skills become, making her a highly valued woman in her community.
Wayuu bags are a cultural heritage.
Lombia believes in empowering women to gain financial knowledge & freedom. They do so by working alongside and providing +120 indigenous Wayuu with safe and meaningful work. The fruits of their labor can be see through these well-crafted Wayuu bags: a reflection of their commitment and dedication to quality.