CoCo Tribe: created by Women, for Women
CoCo Tribe is a collaboration of cultures and a celebration of diverse beauty. From our leadership team to the way we source and design our products, we believe that something magical happens when two cultures can come together to create something new. Our unique handbags and accessories are a combination of traditional Latin style with a modern twist.
Our goal is to empower the women in the communities that we source our products from to break the cycle of poverty through entrepreneurship by giving them a fair wage for their work. You can wear our handmade accessories proudly, knowing that your purchase is helping to support the local communities in Colombia.
About Wayuu Mochilas
Lets transport ourselves to small town in the southern hemisphere of the American continent the upper part of the Colombian peninsula la Guajira. It is the home to the Wayuu, known as the people of the sun, sand and wind. Wayuu live in colonies called rancherias where they are able to preserve a lot of their culture and traditions. The Wayuu community is known for their art and crafts such as mochilas. The art of weaving is one of the most significant aspects of their culture. Weaving represents wisdom, intelligence, and creativity and Wayuu women can spend weeks weaving a single bag. This tradition has been passed down from generation to generation from mothers to daughters, fathers to sons. Each color and pattern incorporated into every Wayuu bag is unique to the weaver, so no two Mochilas are the same.
About Palma De' Iraca
The Palma Iraca artisans live in the northwest part of Colombia in the department of Atlántico, usiacuri. The Palma Iraca has an interest start, it all begin after the Cuban revolution. The raw material coming from Cuba was no longer exported. In order to keep their craft and art alive, a women stepped in and started using Palma De’ Iraca to create the designs. Thanks to her creativity, this art was able to continue. First the Iraca Palm is cultivated, then collected and hand-weaved into its design which is a very time intensive process with beautiful results.
For both of these traditions their craft is not only their primary source of income, but is a way they can share and keep their distinct traditions alive. We are happy to give the world a glance into their culture, traditions, and way of life.