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Chila Bags

ARTISAN PROFILE

Chila Bags is a Colombian fair trade brand that works personally with the women of the Wayuu, an indigenous tribe located in the very north coast of Colombia in a beautiful region called La Guajira. By working directly with the Wayuu women who hand knit each bag, Chila Bags has cut out the middleman, making sure the women are fairly paid and have exceptional working conditions. The bags are handwoven to respect the traditions and culture of the people. Skills are passed down from generation to generation and each bag is one of a kind with all designs and color choices unique to the knitter. The popularity of these bags is a great thing for these women who sustain their villages’ economy by hand making these pieces and selling them. The Wayuu tribe is a matriarchal society so women are the primary source of income for the community! These bags are a true labor of love.