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.
We wanted to do something creative in honor of the rich culture of arts here, which would improve opportunities for local women and teach young designers how their craft can be used for social change. - Annie Millican, Director of Awamaki Lab
Total Funding Received to Date: $11,205
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $6,795
Total Funding Goal: $18,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).