Awamaki Lab aims to empower and provide a stable source of income for indigenous women weavers and mothers in Ollantaytambo through a fashion design collective that promotes fair-trade ethics.
Economic opportunities for women in Ollantaytambo, Peru are limited, do not pay well, and are based exclusively on a tenuous tourism market. Single mothers work tirelessly to support and care for their children. They have limited professional mobility and often suffer from depression without an outlet for creative self-expression. Impoverished Quechua women weavers are equally strained and struggle to make an income during rainy season when they cannot sell their textiles to tourists.
Awamaki Lab is a fashion design residency that both supports Quechua weavers by creating new sales channels for their textiles, and helps to finance a sewing and design collective in Ollantaytambo to create a sustainable enterprise for local women.
Working with a fashion designer and design professor to create garments using Andean textiles enables Ollanta women to leave the home and develop the professional skills and self-esteem needed for long-term economic growth and social transformation.
Total Funding Received to Date: $12,293
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $5,707
Total Funding Goal: $18,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).