Empowering Women Through Design in Rural Peru

Mar 12, 2012

March 14th: A Day of Exponential Growth

Justa Pattern Making
Justa Pattern Making


To celebrate our sewing cooperative's ONE YEAR anniversary, we're hosting a fundraising shindig!  Over the past 12 months, we've worked hard to create a supportive, dynamic studio environment where novice seamstresses, visiting designers, and sewing professionals can exchange knowledge, artistic viewpoints, and laughs.  The studio has become a productive space for the communion of innovative design ideas, leading to mutual professional growth amongst Lab's participants.  The cumulative effect of this has been the realization of one of our most important goals: the encouragement of women to develop the professional skills and self-esteem that will ultimately lead to social transformation.  We want to keep at it! And we need your help.  This year, we focus on continuing our skills-building (capacitaciones) pattern making program, to impart the technical construction skills required to engage our seamstresses in more active and purposeful design work.  In doing so, we get to make you beautiful products that represent and valorize the work of indigenous and rural female artisans in Ollantaytambo.  

On March 14th, GlobalGiving will match ALL donations by 30% - please consider parting with a few bucks, euros, soles, and we'll reciprocate by making you the most covetable, one-of-a-kind garments and accessories possible!

Florentina Pattern Making
Florentina Pattern Making
Paula with her mini patterns
Paula with her mini patterns
Tara and Paula teaching first classes
Tara and Paula teaching first classes
From lesson to muestra
From lesson to muestra



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Ollantaytambo, Cusco, Peru

Project Leader

Mary Kennedy Leavens

Ollantaytambo, Cusco Peru

Where is this project located?

Map of Empowering Women Through Design in Rural Peru