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OUR TOP 5 PRODUCTS

Bochica October 7, 2020 0 comments

Our guide to our top 5 best-selling ethical and handmade product

  1. Wayuu Mochilas

How could we not mention our Wayuu mochila bags? 100% handmade crossbody bag carefully crocheted by women from the Wayuu tribe in La Guajira, Colombia. This versatile Wayuu bag is perfect for a night out, running errands, hiking, relax on the weekend, or to take to the gym.

This beautiful Wayuu bag was crafted using a double thread technique for the body. The strap is tightly handwoven using the same technique used for single thread bags. As a result, the strap will not stretch. The drawstring as well.

This piece represents approximately 10-15 days of work for a single artisan.

Our mochilas and clutches are sourced in partnership with a social enterprise that collaborates directly with artisans from the Wayuu community.

2. Iza Pillows

You cannot go wrong with our super soft Iza pillows. These pillows are handwoven by a social enterprise of women artisans in the town of Charalà, Colombia and it is inspired by the colors and patterns found in colonial architecture from Colombian rural towns. These pillows are reversible and comes in 2 neutral colorways, making it the perfect neutral accent for your bedroom. They are also made of 100% organic cotton and it is naturally dyed. This process saves water and eliminates the negative impact of harsh chemicals on the soil. The leftover fabric is reutilised to maker smaller items out of the scrap fabrics while the small threads are used as fertilizers in cotton farms. By purchasing this product you are helping to revitalise the Colombian textile industry and empowering local women artisans.

Not to mention that our pillow inserts are filled with 100% PET fibre derived from recycled plastic bottles. They look and feel similar to a high-grade polyester cushion insert, but have a greater resilience rating and will last for much longer. For every pillow you purchase you are saving between 15 and 25 water bottles

3. Mongui Rug

Spruce up your bedroom with our hand-woven ethical rugs. Our colorway rug features a cushion-like weave making it a soft bathroom or a room entry rug. Captivating the colors and patterns of the streets of these Colombian towns, the Mongui rug is a colorful accent for any living space. This rug is also reversible, both sides are perfect as a front side.

Our collection of home-textiles is handwoven by a social enterprise of women artisans in the town of Charalà, Colombia. Before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores, Charalá was inhabited by an indigenous group, the Guanes, expert in growing, spinning and weaving cotton, which was known as ‘lienzo’. After the arrival of the conquistadores the tradition of lienzo lost much of its importance and it was only in recent decades that a local cooperative was formed with the purpose of rescuing the Guanes’ traditional lienzo knowledge.

4. Placemats

Our collection of handmade placemats are the perfect addition to your morning breakfast table. They are available in a range of colours to suit any table settings. The collection is handmade the Department of Santander, in Northeastern Colombia. The area is famous for crafts made from fique, a plant native to Andean regions of Colombia. Fique has been used for centuries by the local population to make bags, rugs, placemats, bowls and even furniture.

Our baskets, doormats and placemats are handmade by a cooperative of artisans that have rescued the traditional method for handcrafting fique of the Guanes indigenous community. By purchasing this product you are helping to preserve traditional knowledge and empowering local artisans.

5. Small Panera

Our smallest basket is perfect for storing smaller items such as toiletry, bread, fruit or other trinkets. Available in a range of early tones, try mixing and matching different colours and sizes for a unique and tasteful contrast. Made using fique, a natural biodegradable fibre native to Andean regions of Colombia characterised by a small stalk and rigid leaves with a sword shape and thorns at the edges. Fique is considered Colombian national fibre and it has been used for centuries by the local population to make bags, rugs, placemats, bowls, hammock and even furniture.

Our baskets are handmade in the Department of Santander, in Northeastern Colombia by a cooperative of artisans that have rescued the traditional method for handcrafting fique of the Guanes indigenous community.

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