Leaf & Woman's Path by Maria Cecilia Villafane Armenta

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Handmade

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Materials

handspun wool, free range sheep, no dyes, all natural, hand carved tools

Artisan: Maria Cecilia Villafane Armenta

Symbol: Leaf and Woman's Path

Meaning: Nature intertwined with Arhuaco meditation on women in the Arhuaco community.

Material: 100% Handspun Sheep's Wool

Sizing: Extra Small Mochila, Crossbody up to 5"7" (Please see strap length below)

L x W x Strap L x Strap W
7 x 5.5 x 42 x 1 in.

Our Model: Arhuaco Leadership for Cultural Sustainability

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."
Artisan: Maria Cecilia Villafane Armenta

Symbol: Leaf and Woman's Path

Meaning: Nature intertwined with Arhuaco meditation on women in the Arhuaco community.

Material: 100% Handspun Sheep's Wool

Sizing: Extra Small Mochila, Crossbody up to 5"7" (Please see strap length below)

L x W x Strap L x Strap W
7 x 5.5 x 42 x 1 in.

Our Model: Arhuaco Leadership for Cultural Sustainability

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."

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Meet MamaMochila

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Reviews

5 out of 5 stars (27)
  • Wendy Backlund Aug 17, 2019
    5 out of 5 stars
    Yay!! I finally scored a sacred white mochila! It's simplicity in design let's the hand work really show. Each stitch is perfect. I love the feel of this bag! I've waited a long time to finally get one. I'm so happy! Thank you!
    Sacred White by Maribel Villafane (Support Students)
  • Wendy Backlund Aug 17, 2019
    5 out of 5 stars
    This mochila is nothing less than absolutely amazing!! Everything about it makes me smile! It's definitely one of my favorites and I love using it. I've received several compliments already!! Thank you!!
    Forest Creatures (Artist Original) by Liliana Villafane
  • Wendy Backlund Aug 17, 2019
    5 out of 5 stars
    I've bought alot of Mama Mochila made bags. I guess I'm considered a collector now. I keep coming back because the quality, the craftsmanship, the beauty, the uniqueness of each mochila is absolutely top notch. On top of that, I love knowing that my purchase has helped, in some small way, provide a fair wage for the artisan's work. I can tell each mochila is a labor of love. I'm proud to be a collector of these fantastic mochilas, and I'm grateful Mama Mochila is educating the rest of the world about women empowerment, fair trade, sustainability, and cultural survival. Thank you so much!!
    I've bought alot of Mama Mochila made bags. I guess I'm considered a collector now. I keep coming back because the quality, the craftsmanship, the beauty, the uniqueness of each mochila is absolutely top notch. On top of that, I love knowing that my purchase has helped, in some small way, provide a fair wage for the artisan's work. I can tell each mochila is a labor of love. I'm proud to be a collector of these fantastic mochilas, and I'm grateful Mama Mochila is educating the rest of the world about women empowerment, fair trade, sustainability, and cultural...
    Woman's Thought
  • Alex Avery Aug 7, 2019
    5 out of 5 stars
    an absolutely beautiful example of Arhuaco traditional spinning work. my mum absolutely loves it and is using it every day now over her leather handbag, gracias!!!
    Woman's Path