Traditionally, the arhuaca mochila is designed and woven by women and their daughters (taught from the age of 6).
Once the raw materials have been collected, washed and dried, they are entirely spun, tied and coiled around a skein. The satchel can now be knitted with a needle. It is created using a special spiral stitch technique forming different symbols. The work is completed with a phase of washing and stretching which gives the mochila its final appearance, at the end of an exclusively handmade labour which lasts a minimum of one month.
This work is done in full awareness by the arhuaca women for which it is a meditative practice, and each one of their creations is filled with a particular intention and energy.
Each mochila is therefore unique and the different patterns represent the profound values of the Arhuacos, their understanding of the universe, their legends and stories.