We consciously source the bags from local artisans. Each handmade bag is purchased directly from the Wayuu artisan who made it at above market price. A portion of proceeds also goes back to the Wayuu communities.
The Wayuu Way
Each A-Line Wayuu Love mochila bag is handmade by the indigenous Wayuu women of Northern Colombia and hand-picked by our founder. Nestled in the harsh deserts of La Guajira, the Wayuu women are the heart of their villages or rancherias. Their knowledge of weaving and crocheting is passed down to their children, preserving a way of life aligned with their traditional values and a culture that Western influence has not touched.
Each bag reflects the spirit and passion of the weaver, using colour and pattern to tell the stories of the hands that made it. Made of wash-and-wear-resistant acrylic fibre manufactured in the La Guajira region of Colombia, each highly durable bag takes up to a month to complete.
As a social enterprise, A-Line Wayuu Love is deeply committed to elevating the lives of our artisans with plans to reinvest in the women of the community. Our commitment to giving back is woven into the fabric of our brand, and the purchase of each bag directly gives back to the artisans that made them.
From our Founder
Growing up in Toronto, Canada, one of the most diverse cities in the world, I was always drawn to the expressions of other cultures. As an Armenian-Canadian, I have a profound affection for the diaspora communities that make up my hometown. I know that what we make with our hands often passes down our stories more effectively than books.
As I began to travel the world with my family, I fell deeply in love with Colombia, returning to experience its warmth and its people. Back in Toronto with a colourful mochila bag, I was frequently stopped in the streets with questions about the origins of my beautiful souvenir.
Could my passion for the people of Colombia and my love of these bright, colourful, beautiful bags lead to a business that would support and sustain women and girls for whom weaving is one of the few means of earning an income?
In August 2021, A-Line Wayuu Love was born to support Wayuu artisans living in La Guajira, the northernmost point of Colombia, while bringing their beautiful wares back to Canada. Leaving my family safe at home in Canada, I travelled back to Colombia to visit Wayuu villages and settlements, getting to know the weavers and their children and seeing the desert conditions first-hand.
Returning with a few hundred bags (and a few hats and belts), we're just getting started. Thanks to the support of local independent stores and my loving friends and family, we've begun the path to sharing the Wayuu spirit. Durable, high-quality, one-of-a-kind bags will soon be available online and in stores near you.
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