What Is A Mochila Bag? How Can It Help My Business?

In as far as cultural artifacts go, every country has artifacts that are unique to them. Few countries, if any can claim to have no artifacts that depict and epitomize their culture and customs. As for Colombia, the mochila is one of the many cultural artifacts that the country has. Thus, from an anthropologist viewpoint, the answer to the question ‘what is a mochila’ might as well be; cultural artifacts that shade light into Colombian culture and in some regards their history too.

However, for the vast majority of us who are not interested in the intricacies of artifacts, the mochila is an artisan bag produced by indigenous populations of Colombia. The handbags from Colombia are wholly hand-crafted by an individual, meaning that the manufacturing procedures and processes of these bags have not changed since they emerged among the native communities of Colombia. To further exemplify their status as cultural artifacts, each bag typically bears a bespoke design. Thus the design process of mochila bags has not changed either, keeping in touch with the original culture revolving around their manufacture.

The History And Characteristics Of The Mochila Bags

An answer to the ‘what is a mochila’ question is not definitive without explaining the history and characteristics of these bags. After all, to understand anything, one needs to be acquainted with its history and characteristics.

The mochila was traditionally produced to be used as backpacks by native Colombian communities, namely the Arthuaco and the Wayuu communities. The production of the bags was traditionally a preserve of women, hence the reason why women produce the vast majority of the mochila bags even today.

The bags were traditionally made of natural fibers (agave, cotton, and later on wool fibers) mainly featuring earth tones. However, today the vast majority of the bags are produced using synthetic fibers, but still, retain the traditional design elements such as incorporating tribal drawings.

This entry was posted in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.