Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Wayuu Mochila Bag Giveaway

As much as I love an expensive handbag, come the warmer months I am full swing embracing my inner hippie and searching for ways to express that to the fullest - especially in the accessory department.  Does it have fringe?  Is it made of burlap?  Any tassels on it?  Okay I'm in.  About a month ago I was in Barneys making mad attempts to avoid scoping out the the Isabel Marant selection when lo and behold I spotted the most insane bag out of the corner of my eye.  Leaving Isabel behind (no small feat to divert my attention from her) I darted over to discover the coolest Wayuu Mochila bucket bags.

I went home that day with the bag locked in my mind.  After doing some digging I learned the Mochila is a traditional, hand-woven bag that originates in Colombia.  One of my favorite things about these bags is that they are made by indigenous people groups that each have their own style.  The bag up for grabs was crafted by the Wayuu - a tribe native to the peninsula of La Guajira, Colombia.

This is the very Mochila (size large) that Wayuu Mochila Bags will gift to one lucky winner.
Truth:  I wish I could keep it seeing as I'm in love with the straps and fringy tassles.
Imagine it with denim shorts, a t and a vest...or a maxi dress, light fringy sweater and a pair of strappy flats. 

Wayuu women handcraft these bags as a way to support their families and community (now that's my fave part).  Each mochila is crocheted with cotton by a member of the tribe and takes around 40 hours to complete.  Incredible, huh?  The variety of colors and patterns used in the bags represent the creative ideas of the Wayuu - and the straps are known to be tightly crocheted and colorful.  When you look closely at the each mochila you can see patterns like wind, rays of sun, love - a vast array of personal expression.

Giveaway Details:  2 simple steps - 
1.  Make sure you're signed up to follow the blog on GFC.  
2. Visit Wayuu Mochila Bags  and peruse their one of a kind bags then come back and leave a comment including your fave bag and email address where I can contact you if you win.  Simple!  

*For an extra entry or two you can tweet about the giveaway (Enter to win a one of a kind Wayuu Mochila Bag @birdgirlc:  http://bit.ly/lziZhH) or follow This Free Bird on facebook.

*This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian readers only (So sorry everyone else - I'll have something for you soon).  The winner will be announced next Wednesday May 24, 2011.  Good luck everyone!  And a special thanks to Wayuu Mochila for this beautiful one-of-a-kind bag.  

68 comments:

Ashley said...

Oh my gosh I love this bag, it is too cute!! I'm a follower, and my fav bag at their shop (other than this one!) is the "Extra Large Light Beige Mochila: Orange, Green, Blue & Red Multi-Coloured Strap".

KikiZoe86(at)yahoo(dot)com

-Ashley
http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

Ashley said...

I "like" you on Facebook! I'm "Breakfast at Saks" there :)

-Ashley
http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

summertoast said...

OMG I'M IN LOVE WITH THIS BAG, IS LIKE A DREAM COME TRUE. However, I have never won a giveaway contest before /: Hoping this time round my wish will come true. Thank you so much for having this giveaway!!

Yes follow! My favourite would be Extra Large Light Beige Mochila: Orange, Green, Blue & Red Multi-Coloured Strap. Is simple and yet it can look so lovely.

In fact all their bags make people fall in love deeply <3

summertoast@hotmail.com

summertoast said...

I have just like you on facebook, what a lovely blog. So glad I've found this blog of yours :)

summertoast@hotmail.com

summertoast said...

And I have just tweet about this lovely giveaway. Once again thank you so much! Can't wait for 24 May!!!! <3

summertoast@hotmail.com

Lynzy said...

I have been eyeing this bag for MONTHS and I couldn't convince myself to pull the trigger for $150 but I've had my eye on the Extra Large Pink Mochila! This bags are so beautiful!

xo Lynzy
sparklingfootsteps (at) gmail (dot) com :)

Lynzy said...

I am a fan on your facebook as well :)

Krystal said...

thanks for the giveaway! i follow you, obvs and also i liked the extra large yellow one :):)

Closet Fashionista said...

Oooh how fun! That bag is sooo fun! :D
I follow with GFC and my favorite bag is the "Extra Large Light Blue Mochila: Purple, Pink, and Yellow"
aclosetfashionista-blog[at]yahoo.com
http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

Cara said...

Oh My GOODNESS! This is Awesome!!! LOVE Love LOVE!

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

OMG i featured them last year - LOVE these bags and all $$$ goes to their tribe - LOVE LOVE LOVE - to die for - girl i dunno how u do it - but PLEASE OH PLEASE random.org PICK ME - i promise to use it EVERY SINGLE DAY - LOVE LOVE LOVE

Cara said...

just went to the site- and seriously can't decide which one I like best! They are all so cool- but if I had to choose I would pick
Extra Large Green Mochila: Pink, Blue, White, and Black :)

Colleen said...

Great giveaway!! I love these bags! My favorite (outside of this giveaway, of course!) is the XL Blue Mochila White Orange Yellow and Purple. I love the aztec look and boho vibe!
I follow your blog on google friend connect, it's a everyday read for me! =)

colleenbic@yahoo.com

Colleen said...

I follow you on facebook too! =)

colleenbic@yahoo.com

briannelee said...

I am a follower.

I love the Extra Large White Mochila: Red, Dark Brown, and Light Brown.

brianneoneil@gmail.com

Suzy said...

I love these bags! The colors and patterns are all great! In addition to your give-away bag, I love the other turquoise blue colors as well as some of the pinks! Thanks for the chance to win one!!

bichonluvr42005 at yahoo dot com

Daisy said...

Think I can pull off another win? Well that would just be too selfish of me but I love this bag so I might as well enter!! (I follow on GFC.)

I checked out the site. holy gorgeous bright colors. these Wayuu women are so talented. One of my faves is the Yellow Mochila: Red, Pink, Light Blue, and White.

Daisy said...

I follow you on facebook!!

Daisy said...

I tweeted about the giveaway!

Courtney Erin said...

This is so awesome! I love the large beige mochila in orange and black. And I'm a GFC follower of course.

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelides.blogspot.com

Courtney Erin said...

And I like you on Facebook!

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelides.blogspot.com

Courtney Erin said...

And I tweeted it!

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

Cafe Fashionista said...

I love you, I love you, I love you for posting about Wayuu; and giving us the chance to win one of their bags, as well! I featured a piece from them a few weeks ago, and am smitten with their mission and aesthetics.

I'm a follower on GFC - always and forever!

My favorite bag is the Extra Large White Mochila: Green, Light Green, Yellow, and Pink. Love! :)

cafefashionista@yahoo.com

17 Perth said...

These are beautiful!! I love everything from their products to their mission. My favorite is the Extra Large Blue Mochila: Pink, Yellow, Black, & Blue Multi-Coloured Strap with Fringe. Gorgeous!

Tara @ Haute Lunch said...

What a great giveaway! I love the Extra Large Light Beige Mochila with the Orange, Green, Blue & Red Multi-Coloured Strap! Beautiful! I'm also following on GFC. t.jobe at hotmail.com. Thanks so much!

Tara @ Haute Lunch said...

I also tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/haute_lunch/status/70500341065596928

t.jobe at hotmail.com

Tara @ Haute Lunch said...

And I like This Free Bird on FB as haute-lunch.com. Thanks again!

t.jobe at hotmail.com

Taylor said...

There is a SERIOUS gap in my handbags, and this is it! I have no bo-ho summer bag! HElp a girl OUT CARRIE!!!!

My Fav's (yes I couldn't pick one!) Are the Extra Large Pink Mochila: Light Blue, White, Yellow, and Black (mid page), or the very first Extra Large Light Beige Mochila: Orange, Green, Blue & Red Multi-Coloured Strap....NEED!!

You know I follow ya!

Taylor said...

I like you on FB!

Taylor said...

I tweeted! (@CurlyintheCity)

Torrie said...

Love the bag, and especially the story behind it. So unique & colorful... perfect for summer.

My favorite is light beige mochila, with the multi-coloured strap.

Torrie said...

And I follow you :).

la petite coquine said...

This bag is nothing short of spectacular-obviously, if it pulled your focus, it's got serious mojo. I know they're not the most boho-y of the bunch, but something about the beige mochilas are just calling to me-classic, with a hint of wanderlust chic!

Valerie said...

The color of this bag is so pretty, Carrie! I NEED ONE!! So true that this would be perfect for summer bike rides, beach outings, and bbq's. I love the purple one you chose and also the extra large blue mochila: pink, yellow, black and blue multi-colored strap with fringe. Amazing!!!

xo
Val
redvinesforbreakfast@gmail.com

Valerie said...

I tweeted!

Valerie said...

I follow on facebook! :)

Kai.Mercado. said...

I am obviously a follower and my favorite bag is the one you are giving away actually!!!! Oh my gosh I hope I win!!

Kai.Mercado. said...

Annnd I tweeted! Fingers crossed!!

Amber Blue Bird said...

my fave is the Extra Large Pink Mochila: Blue, Green, and Yellow. Love those bright colors.

AmberBlueBird83@yahoo.com

heather said...

these are wonderful! thank you for the great giveaway! i love the Extra Large Blue Mochila: Pink, Yellow, Black, & Blue Multi-Coloured Strap with Fringe yay! :)

heather.yalin {at} gmail.com

heather said...

and i follow on fb :)

pancakeSTACKER said...

What a beautiful giveaway! I am already a follower on GFC :) My favorite bag is the Extra Large White Mochila in Red, Dark Brown, and Light Brown.

Stop by soon! xoxo!
http://pancakeSTACKER.blogspot.com

pancakeSTACKER said...

Also just tweeted about the giveaway!

xoxo!
http://pancakeSTACKER.blogspot.com


(P.S. - email: chandamheer@gmail.com)

Marie a la Mode said...

Oooh, oooh, please enter me! I visited the site and I really like the Large Rusty Red Mochila: Brown and Black but they're all really striking! Thanks Carrie!

Mo Pie, Please said...

IT's too hard to decide on just one! It's a toss up between ::

Extra Large Light Beige Mochila: Orange, Green, Blue & Red Multi-Coloured Strap

and

Extra Large Yellow Mochila: Red, Pink, Light Blue, and White

These are all really awesome bags!

Katie said...

Follow, of course. The Extra Large Pink Mochila: Pink, Yellow, White, and Black Multi-Coloured Strap with Fringe? Um - amazing!

fashionsmaven@gmail.com

Katie said...

Tweeted!

Katie said...

Follow on Facebook :)

S. said...

the Extra Large Green Mochila is PERFECT. I cant get enough green this season...shirts, jackets, shoes, its a little out of control.

temariemorgan@gmail.com

Kristin W said...

LOVE this! I have an adopted sister from Colombia, so the country is close to my heart. Perfect gift for mom or sis! I'm loving the XL green Mochilas. I can't pick between the solids or the prints. Yay! Def following and you can email at skinnyjeanschailatte@gmail.com :)

Kristin W said...

Following on FB :)

Kristin W said...

And you KNOW I just tweeted!

Sophie said...

this bag is so so AMAZING!!! perfect for summer! suckssssss its not international! im eagerly awaiting to see how you repay us haha x

this free bird said...

oh sophie...the pressure's ON girl!!

indie.electronic.alternative. said...

you already know i stalk you in every blog forum possible, including here and on facebook.
extra large blue mochila is divine. and so are you :)
danielle.audain@hotmail.com
pardon me while i go tweet about this!

daily mix LA said...

amazing!!

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

Holy hell these are amazing!! This one is my fave: Extra Large Light Beige Mochila: Orange, Green, Blue & Red Multi-Coloured Strap! Amazing...xo

Claire Kiefer said...

I love it. Mostly the story behind it but also the bag itself. I went to the website and it's tough to pick cause they're all unique and beautiful, maybe I'd say I like the yellow one best, but they're all really incredible. And I like you here there on facebook and everywhere. :) I will tweet, too.

xoxo

made-to-travel.com said...

I JUST DISCOVERED WAYUU MUCHILA!! I think it was pretty shiny sparkly that included them in one her posts LOVE the bags love the fair trade.

This one is my fave: Extra Large Pink Mochila: White, Blue, Black, and Yellow. I follow you on google reader but now am on GFC so are following you there too. Will tweet this shortly @made2travel.

made-to-travel.com said...

Um, I might be crazy but I can't find your GFC button. I did just tweet the giveaway, although I really really would like to win :)

Thanks so much!!!

Annie said...

these are really fun! I especially like the Large Beige Mochila: Brown and White.
Of course I already follow you :)
allnaturalannie@gmail.com

liz2838 said...

I'm crazy about these bags, esp. the Extra Large Light Beige Mochila: Orange, Green, Blue & Red Multi-Coloured Strap. I'm a follower and thanks so much for this great giveaway!

Carey said...

OH YES. YOU ARE DOING THIS GIVEAWAY, and I look upon it and say, "This is good."

the
Extra Large Yellow Mochila: Puplre, Pink, Blue, and Orange

please. look at that thing.

xo
C

joyinlooking said...

These are beautiful! I absolutely love the laid-back, boho feel--perfect for summer. I love all of the bright neon colors, especially the Large Pink Mochila: Orange and Blue.

joyinlooking@gmail.com

Kara said...

Crazy! I just got a handmade bag just like that last weekend. I had been searching online for bags like it and didn't find anything. I'll post pics of mine soon, but I wouldn't mind having another like it in a different color. Those are gorgeous! (I like the plain green one).

sprinklesinsprings@gmail.com

vbgems said...

Hi, Thanks for great giveaway. Like the Large Blue Mochila: Yellow and Orange

vbgems at gmail dot com

aidandbren said...

I book marked the site! Love all the colors! Would be such a fun summer bag...
Would love to win this bag!

Casey Black said...

please tell us how to do or give a link a bag with any decor!
I NEED THIS MUCH!

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