ABOUT THE WAYUU TRIBE
Wayuu is a Native American ethnic group of the Guajira Peninsula, in the northern part of Colombia, and northwest of Venezuela.
TRADITIONAL WAYUU WOMAN
A traditional Wayuu woman starts with crocheting when she gets her first menstrual cycle. From then on, she will stay in the hut with her mother and grandmother (from 6 months to even a year). In this time, she will learn crocheting, everything about household chores, and how to be a good wife.
A Wayuu woman will either sell her bags herself, by going to the city on her own, or by giving her bags to a dealer, who is collecting them from the village.
HOW LONG IT TAKES TO MAKE A WAYUU BAG
Because each bag is handmade, it takes between 10-15 days. The duration depends on the size and style; especially, how many colours or patterns a Wayuu woman is using.
ABOUT GUAJIRA REGION
Guajira is a very poor region with very hard weather conditions, making this place almost unliveable. We visited Guajira ourselves during our trip to South America. We were shocked by the living conditions of the Wayuu people. Lost in the desert, most of the families are without electricity, running water, or any government support. The Wayuu people depend on tourism, sales from Wayuu bags, fishing and unfortunately begging.