Awamaki works with impoverished women weavers. Attending the Santa Fe Int'l Folk Art Market will enable Awamaki to secure an international market for their textiles and support more rural communities.
Quechua women are being marginalized by the monetary economy in Peru. Men leave the community for work, leaving women to care for their land, children and animals. These women need income for modern expenses like healthcare, education and food, but traditional woven textiles are losing the economic value they once held. Women weavers are forced to abandon this craft, once integral to Quechua life, and change their way of life in order to accommodate new forms of economic activity.
The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market will introduce Quechua weavings to a wider consumer base, helping Awamaki to create a dignified and sustainable living for the women we support while also preserving the endangered weaving tradition.
Participating in the SFIFAM will link our association of weavers with the international consumer base and secure them a reliable, long-term source of income. Tapping this new market will also enable Awamaki to support a greater number of weavers.
I have witnessed the weavers change the way they look at their craft; they now take pride in preserving the tradition. Santa Fe will give them the chance to show to the world Quechua textiles. - Miguel Galdo, President and Community Liaison Officer
Total Funding Received to Date: $10,879
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding.
Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as
indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the
"Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $10,879
The original project funding goal was $4,000.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
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