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Authentic Mochila Arhuaca 'KUNSUMUNU A'MIA' TUTU – buy a good to 'do good'
It is particularly through the mystical patterns of spiritual significance woven into the TUTU Mochila that the Arhuaco women (Waty) express their feelings and thoughts. These patterns include the weavers growing wisdom and the wisdom of the kin that passed on to the weaver the art of knitting; Kunsumunu A'mia represents 'el Pensamiento' (thought) and the traditional Arhuaco Law of Women.
Approximate Measurements of the TUTU Mochila:
- Capacity: 9-11 Liters
- Height: 10.6 - 13 inches (27 - 33 cm)
- Opening Width: 8.3 - 9.1 inches (21 - 23 cm)
- Handle's Length: 14.2 - 17.7 inches (37 - 43 cm) *The handle increases in length with use.
TUTU is an Ideal wool bag for Men and Women; for Everyday use, Travelling, as a Shopping, Winter or summer Beach bag. Crafted the traditional way this tribal eco chic TUTU handbag is unquestionably unique (in colour and design) and no one else can have the same TUTU Mochila! Hecho a Mano en Colombia (handmade in Colombia).
Ethnic, Foldable, Durable and Resistant this Colombian Mochila Arhuaca is meticulously hand woven with love and care by one Arhuaco Woman from the A'MIA NIKUYUN association (see authenticity tag picture). It took approximately one month to complete this Arhuaco Mochila Bag. This is not an imitation.
Importance of Authenticity and the A'MIA NIKUYUN association:
Click here to view the A'MIA NIKUYUN Authenticity Tag (the picture is to illustrate the tag)
As the Mochila fashion grows vendors claim to be selling Authentic Mochilas Arhuacas but they are imitations. You can surely find a few Mochilas Arhuacas at lower or higher prices on the internet but they are not Authentic (check for an Arhuaco Association Tag). By purchasing imitations you are not guaranteed that the Arhuaco people (if they were Arhuaco people in the first place) who created them are given a fair share of the profit. The commercialization of the Mochila Arhuaca is a good thing but it does not 'do good' if the bag is not authenticated by an Arhuaco Association.
It is very difficult to find Authentic Mochila Arhuaca Designs. The Mochila Arhuaca available here is purchased directly from the association of Native Colombian Women that weave them. The association is called A'MIA NIKUYUN. It is this association of Indigenous Women of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta that hand weave the classic Mochilas Arhuacas you can buy here today. A'MIA NIKUYUN guarantees the authenticity of the Mochilas (see Authenticity Tag picture). By doing so Cumbiart and FP can guarantee to you that the purchase of this Mochila directly sustains the Arhuaco way of life and economy.
By purchasing an authentic Mochila we contribute in preserving the existence of an endangered species and safeguard a world's cultural heritage. Find out how the Mochila TUTU is an integral part of the Arhuaco culture; click here.
The TUTU Mochilas Arhuacas and the Art of Knitting:
Authentic Mochilas Arhuacas, called TUTU in their native language, are hand woven only by women. At an early age, little girls begin to learn the art of weaving Mochilas from their mothers and older sisters. According to Arhuaca tradition the little girl takes her first knit or Mochila to the Mamu who needs to approve of it. If the Mamu approves of it then she commits to being a good weaver and is permitted to transmit the Arhuaco 'art of knitting' to her daughters. The first Mochila a girl hand weaves and submits in front of the Mamu is also said be used in the rituals of initiation of the girl as a member of the community; and when a an Arhuacos couple fall in love the 'Waty' (arhuaco women) hand weaves two Mochilas one for her and another for the man; preparing and introducing these Mochilas are a women's symbol of maturity that the man acknowledges.
To the Arhuacos the Mochilas are not only a mundane accessory but rather represent Mother Earth and a Waty's means of expression and a symbol of identity. As the girl grows into a Waty the weaving of the Mochilas keeps playing and signifying an important role in her life. The women are born in a spiritual land that they believe to be the uterus of the world, full of wisdom to be preserved and shared with the rest of the world. It is particularly through the making of a Mochila that they convey these feelings and thoughts.
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