Knitting Mochilas: A Sociocultural, Developmental Practice in Arhuaco Indigenous Communities


  • Lilian Patricia Rodríguez-Burgos
  • Jennifer Rodríguez-Castro
  • Sandra Milena Bojacá-Rodríguez
  • Dwrya Elena Izquierdo-Martínez
  • Allain Alexander Amórtegui-Lozano
  • Miguel Angel Prieto-Castellanos


The purpose of this article is to analyze the psycho-cultural processes involved in knitting “mochilas” (traditional bags), a common craft in the Arhuaco indigenous community located in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. The article is structured in three parts, as follows: first, issues related to child development are discussed; then, the analysis method used to study the processes involved in the practice of knitting is presented and, finally, we reflect on the importance of recovering the sense and meaning of this everyday practice as a way to study child development.