Dreaming of a mochila in a specific size, color or design?
Our artisans can make those dreams come true for a truly one of a kind, heirloom piece.
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All custom made mochilas require 3-6 months to be completed depending on material, size and design.
Pricing varies based on factors below, starting at $29.00
MATERIAL & COLOR
Handspun sheep's wool from locally raised flocks, cruelty free!
Earth tones, no dyes, all natural: black, white, brown, beige, cafe, gray
Handspun agave fiber, locally harvested, vegan and 100% sun powered!
Plant dye, chemical free: purple, green, gray, yellow, cream
Colorful cotton-based yarn
Virtually any color!
BODY & STRAP SIZE
Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
Shoulder bag, market tote or crossbody style strap
SYMBOL & DESIGN
Traditional symbols such as Woman's Thought, Path of the Horse, Thunder, Snow Peaks, Leaf and Mountains
One of a kind inspired symbols by your dreams and imagination
Mama Mochila represents the community of Ati Gumake, nearly 50 families living remotely and steeped in Iku (Arhuaco) tradition. Our model began with the "lucha" or "fight" for truly fair wages for Iku women in 2010. Today, we collaborate with more than 30 artisans, including men, whose artisanal history is often untold yet is part of every mochila.
We empower and cultivate Iku leaders from our community. Together, we have founded the first and only Iku owned and managed shop in Palomino, a growing beach town that has put Colombia on the map.
While other Iku communities have fallen victim to wholesale companies, we remain strong in valuing our craft and tradition, thanks to you. Our culture and families are what we are most proud of.
Real wages wages allow us to invest in our farms and traditional way of life. This means we don't have to rely on donations of non-traditional clothes, unfamiliar foods and other items that over time, do away with who we are.
Your support, along with both Iku and non-Indigenous volunteers, is allowing us to create a new model, rooted in respect & understanding of who we are, Elder Brothers: Guardians of the Heart of the World. Thank you. Or as we say, "Duni."
Please review measurements for mochilas provided in the item description to ensure the best fit.