Arhuaco Bag – Diamond: A Sacred Symbol of Life and Sustainability
Experience the art of the Arhuaco people with our Arhuaco Bag – Diamond, an exquisite piece handcrafted by indigenous women in the Sierra Nevada of Colombia. Each bag is a symbol of the creation of all life and is made with sacred intentions to honor the earth and maintain balance in the universe.
Creation of Life
The Arhuaco Bag, also known as the Mochila Arhuaca or Tutu Iku, is a knapsack made by Arhuaco women as a ceremonial work to give back to the earth what is taken out of it. According to their belief, knitting the bag is a sacred activity to honor all life on earth, and it represents the uterus of the Universal Mother.
These bags usually feature indigenous drawings and symbols of animals and other objects that hold a significant place in the indigenous cosmology.
The Arhuaco Bag is made exclusively by women using sheep wool, a needle, and a spindle. The wool is washed and dried in the sun, then wound on the spindle, and finally knitted with the needle. Girls aged four and older are taught this practice by their grandmothers, and it is a skill passed down from generation to generation.
The Arhuaco people call themselves “the older brothers” and believe they have a mystical wisdom and understanding that surpasses that of others. They are known for their efforts to maintain balance in the universe by making offerings to sacred sites and giving back to the earth what is taken out of it.
By owning an Arhuaco Bag – Diamond, you are supporting the sustainability and preservation of indigenous culture and tradition.
- Made with sheep wool, a needle, and a spindle
- Indigenous drawings and symbols
- Handcrafted by Arhuaco women in the Sierra Nevada of Colombia
- A symbol of the creation of all life and sustainability
- A perfect size for a medicine bag
Experience the beauty and sacredness of the Arhuaco culture with our Arhuaco Bag – Diamond. Purchase now at Wisdom of Plants Institute and support the preservation and sustainability of indigenous culture.