These handmade "Susu" were woven by the women of the Wayuu tribe, indigenous group to the Guajiran Peninsula region located between Venezuela and Colombia.
The Wayuu, commonly referred to as "Goajiras" have been weaving "Susu"for centuries. As legend has it,
the "Wale Keru", or the spider, first taught the women to sew threads into drawings known as the "Ruluma".
Women would, in turn, mend and weave the threads into the "mochilas".
The art of weaving the bags is passed down to young Wayuu women at puberty, as a rite of passage.
To this day the women initiate themselves in this art with a special ritual known as "The Enclosure". This centuries old practice helps inspire the weaver as she embarks on creating her bag.