Since our last update, Awamaki’s women’s weaving cooperatives have been busy learning new design skills! Over the past few months, the women in the rural communities of Patacancha and Kelkanka have been learning about color theory and measurement. As Awamaki continues to organize training workshops for the women of our weaving cooperatives so that they can produce internationally marketable products, we in turn learn more about how and why the women design their textiles the way they do, with specific inconography and colors. This is a great example of the intercultural connections that Awamaki fosters.
During the recent color theory workshops in Patacancha, Awamaki’s most recent Resident Designer, Tara Gainer, taught the women about the color wheel, and organized hands-on activities with the women to explore their perceptions of different colors and color combinations. The women worked as a group to assign a Quechua name to each color on the color wheel, setting standard names that will now be used between Awamaki and the cooperative to better communicate special orders. This exercise also allowed Tara to teach the women basic descriptive Spanish words for the colors, such as bright and dull. By keeping all of the women on the same page with standard vocabulary, product consistency and quality control will be easier to implement.
Awamaki’s Quality Control Coordinator and Product Designer, Tessa Ranish-O’Donnell, has been in Kelkanka recently, teaching the women about measurement. At the beginning of the workshop, Tessa learned that most of the women didn’t even have their own tape measures, and they had been visually estimating the size of their textiles, which had been creating inconsistencies in size. Tessa reviewed basic counting and measuring skills with the women, and made each woman her own tape measure. Now, the women will continue to practice measuring their own textiles with the president of the cooperative. The president will then be checking the length and width of each textile before it is turned into Awamaki for sale, making sure that consistent sizes are being used.
Workshops and skill building exercises like the color theory and measurement workshop would not be possible without the continued support of Awamaki’s donors like you. By donating money to Awamaki for specific projects, our staff, volunteers, and the women of our cooperatives have the resources they need to continue improving their skills and expanding their markets. As the women gain new expertise, their products become ready for international sale, extending the economic opportunities for the women and giving them a chance to earn more money to support their families. Thank you for your continued support! Awamaki looks forward to keeping you updated on the progress of our cooperatives.
Awamaki's knitting cooperative is still hard at work acquiring new financial skills through our financial workshops. By learning these skills, the women of the cooperative can continue to take management of the group into their own hands, leading to sustained leadership and ownership of the cooperative. Awamaki strives to put power in the hands of the women in our cooperatives, and by facilitating skill-building workshops such as our current financial workshops, the organization can increasingly empower the women with life long skills and ownership of the cooperative.
Interested in continuing to support Awamaki's "Capacity Building for Rural Women Artisans in Peru" project? Donate this Wednesday, June 12th and take advantage of GlobalGiving’s Donor Matching Day! All donations made on June 12th will be matched by GlobalGiving by 30%, but only until matching funds run out... so make sure to make your donation early in the morning!
And if we have the highest number of unique donors on Wedneday, we have the chance to win a $1,000 bonus from GlobalGiving, so even the smallest donations can make a huge difference to our cooperatives!
Awamaki would love to send women from our cooperatives to Puno for a fieldtrip to learn about how other weaving associations in Peru operate, and what skills they are using to advance their own economic opportunities. Many of the women of our cooperatives have never left the Ollantaytambo area, and would benefit greatly from the opportunity to travel outside of their towns and see how women in other areas of Peru are working.
That being said, this Wednesday we are setting a goal of $2,700 to be raised for this project, with the hope that we can send a group of women to Puno for a capacity building fieldtrip in the near future!
Thank you for your continued support. The wonderful work at Awamaki would not be possible without the generous donations from supporters like you! Keep track of our donation success this Wednesday with us as we post updates to Facebook.
Awamaki's "Empowering Women Through Design in Rural Peru" project has been making great progress, and our cooperatives have been taking advantage of some valuable trainings recently. This last week, Awamaki was able to help support Daniel Soncco's trip to Patacancha, where he led two natural dye workshops to the women of Awamaki's weaving cooperative. Daniel, from Parombamba, has worked with Awamaki for several years now, and he is our weaving and dying expert due to his extensive self-taught knowledge of local plants and natural dyes. By supporting Daniel's trip to Patacancha, he is able to spread his wealth of knowledge to other cooperatives that Awamaki's works with, giving the women advanced skills and increased economic opportunities.
Interested in continuing to support Awamaki's "Empowering Women Through Design in Rural Peru" project? Donate this Wednesday, June 12th and take advantage of Global Giving's Donor Matching Day! All donations made on June 12th will be matched by Global Giving by 40%, but only until matching funds run out... so make sure to make your donation early in the morning!
And if we have the highest number of unique donors on Wednesday, we have the chance to win a $1,000 bonus from Global Giving, so even the smallest donations can make a huge difference to our weaving cooperative in Patacancha!