Wayuu bags or mochila bags are a traditional craft that has been practiced by Wayuu women for hundreds of years. The craft of crocheting Wayuu bags is an art that is learned from a young age.

Although it is said that a double threaded Wayuu bag can take anywhere from 10 to 15 days, this is relative. A Wayuu woman does not spend all day working on her craft. 
She has other duties to attend to and must also care for her family and her home. Crocheting is something she does in between these activities. For example, she might crochet a little bit in the morning, then go and make breakfast for her children. Later she might attend to house chores and while lunch cooks, she might pick up her Wayuu bag and keep continue working on it.

More or less a double threaded Wayuu bag takes about five hours to make, not counting the strap which is usually made by the men of the Wayuu community.

Then there are also single-threaded Wayuu mochila bags which take longer to make than double-threaded bags. As women don’t spend many consecutive hours crocheting, the time is stretched out and a single threaded bag can take up to 20 days to produce. However, if we accounted for the actual hours of work put into a single-threaded Wayuu bag, it would probably add up to 8 to 10 hours.

As many people from the indigenous Wayuu community have little education, crocheting these Wayuu bags is a skill that they have become dependent on to bring in a major part of their income.

At Lombia & Co., I personally travel to La Guajira, the region where the Wayuu live, to ensure fair trade collaborations so each artisan receives a fair pay.