Awamaki

Awamaki collaborates with rural Andean communities to create economic opportunities and improve social well-being.

Awamaki weaver Valentina and her family

Awamaki weaver Valentina and her family
Valentina is weaving on the Andean backstrap loom, a technology that Quechua weavers have used, relatively unchanged, for centuries. The structure of this simple, portable loom consists of wooden rods at one end that fasten to wooden stakes driven into the ground wherever the weaver is working. The other end fastens to a rope or woven strap that wraps around the weaver's back, allowing her to adjust the tension of the warp.

A view of Patacancha

A view of Patacancha
Patacancha is at an altitude of 12,600ft, nestled in the Patacancha valley high above the town of Ollantaytambo in Peru's Sacred Valley. Homes are made of adobe bricks (clay, sand and straw), and have grass-thatched roofs.

The Patacancha weaving association

The Patacancha weaving association
The weavers of the Patacancha weaving association sit in front of the newly constructed weaving center, May 2009

A typical woven poncho from Patacancha

A typical woven poncho from Patacancha
The Andean poncho dates back as far as 600 BC and is still worn today by the men of Patacancha. Weavers from Patacancha are known for their highly iconographic designs, passed down through families and generations.

Estefania and daughter in their home in Patacancha

Estefania and daughter in their home in Patacancha
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