Wayuus weavers wearing the yellow and black Camilo bag from Mazonia


Traditional Wayuu crafts are an ancestral art. It is passed down from generation to generation, from mother to daughter.

Time, unique know-how and passion: these are the secrets of Wayuus’ original creations.

It all starts with the choice of “plato”.

The Wayuu weaver decides, imagines and makes the bottom of the bag (or "plato") that she wants for the bag that she creates between her fingers. It is his personal and artistic choice.

Mazonia bags on a beach in Colombia with a Wayuu background


Each of the Mazonia bags has a bottom
which is unique to him!

A Mazonia bag is thus a unique piece due to its artisanal side but also due to its very own patterns. No two are the same.
In addition to the plato, the weaver herself chooses the technique and pattern of the shoulder strap (or “gaza”) and the drawstring.

Handmade Mazonia bag straps

The bag is crocheted in one piece all the way to the top. It is started in a spiral from the bottom and rises as the weaver advances. It takes up to 2.6 km of thread to make a bag.

For a Camilo model, it takes Nerys, Reyita or Simira 7 to 15 days of work. For Geometric models like this Angélo , it takes 3 to 5 days.


Wayuu weaver in Colombia making a mochila by hand


A spiritual work

Wayuus bags are commonly called "Mochilas". A mochila is much more than just a bag. It represents the mother's womb, the beginning of life.

The first mochila a mother weaves is her child. The central point at the bottom of the bag, the first stitches, represents his navel.

We use paper and pencils to express ourselves, the Wayuus use threads and needles. It is on the body of the mochila that the Wayuus tell their lives, their paths, their territories but also all the nature that surrounds them. A bag thus carries the story of the woman who made it.

All Mazonia bags carry a label with the name of the weaver who made it.

The humanization of purchasing and manufacturing with dignity are the heart of the Mazonia project.

Wayuu woman hand maker a blue and green Mazonia Miguel bag


What are Mazonia’s fair trade practices?

We started from two observations:
Our observations on the situation of the Wayuus
The WAYUUS have UNIQUE know-how and weave very high quality bags.
are also a
Native American community
threatened with extinction.

Our Idea

At Mazonia, we are keen to connect these two observations: The first to create a barrier to the second!
The solution to the difficulties of the Wayuus lies
in their strengths and assets

Two children of the Wayuu Native American ethnic group
Observation n°1: The Wayuus Indians have very fine craftsmanship

The wayuus make bags, or “mochilas”, of excellent weaving quality. These 100% handmade bags belong to an ancestral culture, passed down from generation to generation.

The know-how is traditional but the bundle shape and their original patterns also bring these bags into Western tastes.

Observation No. 2: Wayuus communities are greatly threatened
Young Wayuus girls - Colombia, La Guajira

Children of the Wayuu community. La Guajira, far north of Colombia

5,000 children have died from water pollution in recent years.

The water is made toxic by abusive mining on Wayuu lands, operated by several multinationals. To find out more, Le Monde devoted an article to this subject.
Lack of drinking water, malnutrition leading to high infant mortality, loss of their know-how, degradation of their environment and exploitation...Several factors threaten the survival of these native Colombian people.
Wayuu man in the Guajira

What is Mazonia’s social project?
Our goal is the protection of Wayuu culture, by being the intermediary of their crafts. The Mazonia team then pays the Wayuus weavers according to their talent.

Behind each Mazonia bag, a Wayuu weaver is paid three to four times the market price:

Four times for the Premiums and the Mini; three times for United and Geometric.

A Wayuu weaver with her daughter, smiling
What is an ethical brand without equity?

We know all the weavers with whom we work, thanks to frequent stays in Colombia within the communities.
Our goals :

Wayuu woman from Colombia with traditional makeup
Young Wayuus generations are increasingly leaving their communities to find work in town and food to send to their families.
Mazonia then encourages the maintenance of culture through work and the practice of ancestral crafts.

Furthermore, Mazonia ensures a union of different communities around the same project dealing with their heritage, strengthening people's awareness.

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