THERE'S MORE IN EACH
THAN YOUR BELONGINGS
Throughout all of Colombia
you see unique woven shoulder bags,
-- on men, on women --
tightly woven of earthen brown wools.
These one-of-a-kind mochilas
are woven by the Native American Arhuaca women
of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta,
high in the northern Colombian mountains.
In their tiny mountain village, the Arhuaca
tightly weave these bags in spiral patterns.
No two are alike, and each portrays a
It takes 40 hours to weave each mochila.
Their weave is so tight, they last a life time.
When you hang a mochila on your shoulder,
you are hanging the Arhuaca culture and representation
of their "father creator" -- a mountain, a lake, the earth,
a rattlesnake, the trees, a scorpion's tail.
Each is a representation of Mother Earth
and an exquisite piece of woven art.
The goat and lamb's wool is spun and cooked
in traditional natural dyes, and woven by hand.