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an item we love: mochila bags

the amazing mochila bags featured in our march catalog are a true labor of love.

each bag is hand woven by tribeswomen of the sierra nevada de santa marta in northern colombia, an act of tradition that has been practiced for thousands of years as a way of preserving their culture and earning a livelihood.  they believe that the act of weaving is a symbol of creativity, intelligence and wisdom, a practice that is passed on from one generation to the next, and the patterns woven into the bags are said to have a spiritual and cosmological significance. the history of these bags and all of the care that goes into them makes them extremely special – something to be cherished for a lifetime.

a third of the profits for each bag sold go to different community-based initiatives aimed at children and at supporting female artisans from indigenous communities in south america.



i love how they look styled in our march catalog – the prints on the bags look awesome mixed with some of the bolder black and white prints in the clothing.

personally, i’ve got my eye on this one… i think it’s the beach bag i’ve been looking for my whole life. the perfect colors, the perfect size…i laid out what i’d pack for a day at the beach.


items pictured: crochet bikini, borderline fringe sweater, daisy chain shorts, mandy braided sandal, sunglasses, lorimer straw hat, raggy desert scarf, pattern mochila woven bucket.


check out our two kinds of mochila bags, here and here.

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Kasia -March 10, 2011, 2:38PM

These bags are georgeous! I especially like the first one from the right in the first photo. I have a burning question, I would be very grateful if you could answer it. Will you be offering Seamless Tupelo Honey Top in other colors? I would especially love cool dark colors, like navy, brown or wine. Also, is there any chance that Banana Cream color will be restocked? Thank you in advance!

Taylor -March 10, 2011, 3:12PM

I have a bag kind of like those, that i got in Costa Rica! :)

Anonymous -March 10, 2011, 4:14PM

Mochila means bag in spanish. So they are called bag bags?

fp julia -March 10, 2011, 4:21PM

anonymous – mochila is also the name for this specific type of handwoven bag from south america.

Taylor -March 10, 2011, 4:22PM

I love these bags. I really want that beautiful white dress with the black floral embroidery.

Amanda -March 10, 2011, 5:23PM

Just one more reason I love you! These bags are truly special. :)


Spes -March 10, 2011, 9:03PM

love these! please do a hair tutorial for this issue?

Melissa -March 11, 2011, 1:29AM

Thanks for giving the background on these beautiful bags!

Gia -March 12, 2011, 8:11AM

lovely! and not to be a jerk, but “columbia” should actually be spelled “colombia” jsyk!

Anonymous -July 16, 2011, 7:57AM

I sell these bags

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