Patricia. Mom of three. Medellin, Colombia. June 2013
Bright colors, hand weaved with love, natural material!! So my Haute friends, you ask what is a Mochila? Well, I know that many of you who grew up in Miami are very familiar with these bright, bohemian handmade bags. The actual word “Mochila” is defined literally as bag in South America.
Local women in Colombia hand make Mochila’s using the finest, natural materials and some bags take almost a month to complete. I always feel like a Mochila is made with so much love and care, which is evident in the bright colors weaved together.
Patricia, being a great friend has sent me several photos of Mochila’s for me to choose… it’s so hard as they are all so cool. The one I picked is huge (according to Patricia too large for my frame) with yellow, brown and orange colors. I can’t wait for her to send me my Mochila.
I think supporting small women businesses is really important. Every major fashion designer is influenced by the creativity and designs of indigenous people all over the world. If we can buy directly from these amazing women, we should. To me, this is way more exciting then any designer bag.