Empowering Women Through Design in Rural Peru

by Awamaki
Jun 11, 2012

Production and Program Evolution

Courtney and Knitters Tackle Knitwear
Courtney and Knitters Tackle Knitwear

Since our Season 2 Launch this January, we have been busy selling, producing, and refining our Awamaki Lab products to bolster support for our Ollanta cooperatives.  In February, the Lab team hosted a series of trunk shows across the U.S., connecting with networks of friends and family, and former Awamaki volunteers to facilitate direct-to-customer sales.  With the assistance of Awamaki’s U.S. board, we will be expanding this traveling sales model in the coming months to work towards a more cost-effective and lean manufacturing system.  We will keep you posted on any upcoming events through our blog!

Those early quarter sales, along with your generous donations, have provided us with the capital needed to delve into capacity building and to begin our first season of production. Season Two designers Andria and Courtney have returned Peru to work alongside Awamaki’s seamstresses and knitters to oversee the completion of S2 orders.  Our Women's Cooperartive staff continues to provide great insight into ways we can iterate and amend our program to achieve our mission through thoughtful, collaborative product development.  This year, we’ll be developing classic, functional accessories that carefully utilize cooperative members’ skills, to improve communication and integration of our weavers, knitters and seamstresses. 

We look forward to keeping you posted on weekly blog updates.  

Measuring textiles for use in Lab garments
Measuring textiles for use in Lab garments
Weaving Pasadizos For Sewn Products
Weaving Pasadizos For Sewn Products
Exploring Accessory Options
Exploring Accessory Options
Seamstresses Working On Production
Seamstresses Working On Production
Florentina Finishing Lab Garment
Florentina Finishing Lab Garment



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Location: Ollantaytambo, Cusco - Peru
Website: http:/​/​www.awamaki.org/​
Project Leader:
Mary Kennedy Leavens
Ollantaytambo, Cusco Peru
$23,315 raised of $28,000 goal
424 donations
$4,685 to go
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