Some people are lucky enough to fall in love once. But Parisian-born New Yorker Chloe Abadi scored doubly when her heart was stolen simultaneously by two Colombian imports: her now husband, and his country’s prevalent mochila style carryall.
When Abadi first noticed everyone from drug traffickers to fashion mavens sporting the eye-catching native bags in the Land of El Dorado, she was shocked they hadn’t yet been scooped up by foreign markets. After all, the seasonless designs blast nearly any daytime look with uncommon bohemian vibrancy.
Naturally, Abadi had to learn more, so she immersed herself in understanding the mochila’s heritage, one that originates in South America’s indigenous Wayuu tribe.
For thousands of years, as a mark of their wisdom and creativity, Wayuu women have hand-woven myriads of wearables in traditional colors and patterns. Incredible craftsmanship and patience goes into every one-of-a-kind bag, which is composed of just one heavy duty cotton thread a pop, and dye from local cocoa trees; The tremendous detail demands at least a month to complete each.
Abadi’s use of finer, more durable materials, and maintenance of authentic production methods elevates the accessories in her Miss Mochila label to luxury status.
So Wayuu waiting for? Come get smitten with us.