The ancient Art of the Mochilla – preserving Wayuu culture in the desert of La Guajira in Northern Colombia – YouTube

 

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The Wayuu are an indigenous tribe in Colombia, based in the north-eastern tip of the country, the magical, hot, dry desert lands of La Guajira.

Cabo de la Vela, La Guajira, Colombia looking  towards the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

Cabo de la Vela, La Guajira, Colombia looking towards the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

Their beautiful, colourful handmade bags, called ‘Mochillas’, produced by its female members are the primary source of income for the tribe. They have also become a fashion fad in major cities around the world.

 

Wayuu making Mochillas, the Malecon, Riohacha, Colombia

Wayuu making Mochillas, the Malecon, Riohacha, Colombia

While the Mochillas may be “trendy” accessories for upscale shoppers, the life of the Wayuu community is far from glamourous. Let down by their own Government for Centuries, the Wayuu people battle Drought, Malnutrition, and Corruption….CCTV America’s Toby Muse reports.

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