Wayúu bags

We are working personally with the Wayuu women who hand make each bag, and have therefore cut out the middlemen, making sure they are fairly paid, work in good conditions, and are taken care of. The popularity of these bags is a great thing for these women who sustain their villages’ economy by hand making these pieces and selling them.

 

One of our principal goals is to make our costumes relate to the story of each bag and the amazing traditions from the Wayuu tribe women who hand make them.

 

made with love

The Wayuu are known as the people of the sun, sand, and wind. They are located in the arid Guajira Peninsula in northern Colombia and northwest Venezuela. The Wayuu language is part of the Arawak family and is called Wayuunaiki. Today, there is thought to be around 110,000 – 140,000 Wayuu people living in Colombia.

Each bag is one of a kind, takes 10-15 days to be made, and all designs and color choices are unique.

The single string technique is the oldest and most authentic Wayúu knitting style.

We want to promote a sustainable lifestyle with a Fair Trade philosophy for nearly 350 Wayúu knitters and their families while forging strong bonds in the communities where we work.

These bags are made as part of the Wayuu women's culture and traditions; the skills are passed down from generation to generation.