MamaMochila

For a Living Arhuaco Culture

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Last updated on Nov 26, 2021

Another great reason to buy from Mama Mochila? We're a 501c3!

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About MamaMochila

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On Etsy since 2018
Video summary: Blasina Torres spinning wool in her home. More glimpses into Arhuaco life https://mamamochila.wixsite.com/mamamochila

Mama Mochila strengthens Arhuaco families, culture and tradition through the ethical sale of handmade, environmentally sustainable Arhuaco craft.

We support Indigenous Arhuaco artisans in accessing the global market, developing new products and preserving Arhuaco craft heritage.

Arhuaco mochilas made from agave and wool fiber are internationally renowned for technique and artistic input.

Mama Mochila artisans radiate warmth and exceptional quality in each creation. We specialize in offering custom made and original design. Mama Mochila encourages artisans to explore their creativity and personal artistic evolution.

Shop members

  • Mama Mochila Foundation

    Owner, Founder

    Spanning nearly a decade, a friendship with the Arhuaco community is today the Mama Mochila Foundation, supporting Arhuaco families dedicated to the preservation of an environmentally sustainable craft heritage.

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Last updated on Jul 20, 2019

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Last updated on May 11, 2022

Frequently asked questions

Care instructions

​Agave Plant Fiber

Agave is naturally stain resistant but may slightly absorb natural dyes such as from wine or raspberries. Spot treat the stain with water or a mild soap, using a toothbrush, or other gentle brush. For periodic whole mochila cleaning, submerge the mochila in about 2 gallons of water and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Leave the mochila in the solution for about 12 hours, preferably in a warm and sunny space. Rinse the mochila with cold water and hang to dry in its original shape. Please note, the colors of your mochila will darken when wet and return to original shades when dry. When wet, the fibers will also harden but return to original texture when dry. Do not dry clean or machine wash.

Care instructions

Sacred Cotton Fiber

As natural as cotton gets! This fiber can absorb stains. Spot treat the stain with water and a mild soap, using a toothbrush, or other gentle brush. For periodic whole mochila cleaning submerge the mochila in about 1 gallon of water and 1/4 cup vinegar. Leave the mochila in the solution for about 1 hour and gently pass a toothbrush over any stains, adding baking soda to help lift stains. Rinse the mochila with cold water and hang to dry in its original shape. You can also dry clean but do not machine wash.

Care instructions

Handspun Wool Fiber

Wool is naturally stain resistant. Spot treat any stains with water and a mild soap, using a toothbrush, or other gentle brush. For periodic whole mochila cleaning submerge the mochila in about 1 gallon of water with mild soap. Leave the mochila in the solution for about 1 hour and gently pass a toothbrush over any stains, adding baking soda to help lift stains. Rinse the mochila with cold water and hang to dry in its original shape. You can also dry clean but do not machine wash.

Sizing details

Strap Length
Will you wear it low on the hip or close to the body? Messenger style, over the shoulder or another way? To the beach or the ski slopes? Our straps are made to fit kids and adults up to about six feet tall. Try out the dimensions provided with every mochila using a measuring tape. ​

Body Length and Width 
Do you want to carry your wallet, phone and keys or be able to pack some treats, books and a water bottle? Our mochilas range from slim going out pieces to large, carry all bases. Using a measuring tape will give you a good idea of how much the mochila can fit. 

​Tips and Tricks 
No measuring tape? Use a standard item such as an 8.5" sheet of paper and a string or scarf. 

Returns and Exchanges

Craft Tradition in Mind

Returns and exchanges are accepted only if we did not ship the order correctly. A mochila's energy is dedicated to the person who wears it. Once received from artisans, our mochilas are never worn or displayed and are stored properly to prevent the loss of this energy, channeled by the creator.


We are committed to your experience with this sacred craft tradition. Please review our size guide to ensure the best fit. We are happy to answer all your questions, provide additional measurements or photos prior to purchase.