Deep in the Andean mountains of Peru, with views over the sacred valley and old Inca ruins lives the quiet town of Chinchero; famous for it vibrant handcrafted and naturally died indigenous textiles.
The women of Chinchero have been practicing this ancient art for millennia, passed down the generations orally. This invaluable knowledge was once on the brink of being lost but thanks to the dedicated work of local elders and nonprofits it's once again gaining fame. Programs that empower young women of this community. By teaching them about the vast array of wild herbs, flowers, roots and seeds used to create the brilliant colours and the traditional patterns and styles important to their culture. When you buy one of these textiles you're helping keep this tradition alive, supporting the indigenous families behind them and empowering women to create their own enterprises.
Made from: Alpaca wool, natural plant dyes
Supporting: The empowermentof women in remote communities, Sustainable agriculture practises, The continuation of indigenous knowledge
Arhuaco Womens Co-operative
The heart of the world, is the name given to the sacred Sierra Nevada mountains, by the traditional peoples who live their.
This beautiful mountain range not only boasts cultural riches but fenominal biological wealth as well. From it's tropical Caribbean beaches to it's mysterious cloud forest and snow-capped peaks above, this has to be one of the most bio/culturally diverse places on earth. And according to the spiritual beliefs of the indigenous communities, also holds the key to future survival of planet and thus our species. Unfortunately like most wild places around the world today, these sacred lands face many threats such as logging, mining, poverty and the loss of traditional knowledge.
Wirakoku was founded in 2007 by Lucelly Torres, an indigenous Arhuaco woman, with drive and a vision of a fair trade, locally run industry, for the women in her community.
Many women have since joined with the co-opp with the intention of weaving a brighter future for them and their children. By making use of their traditional knowledge and creating authentically designed Arhuaco bags these women have successfully bought more income into their community than the combine efforts of the men. This has empowered them in many more ways than economically and given them a voice.
By empowering indigenous women you are not only helping improve quality of life for communities but also giving power back to the most qualified and connect ecologists so they have the chance to retain the wealth and health of their environment. Practises including, ecological farming, cultural connection to nature and earth based design are all part of what has sustained the Arhuaco peoples on their lands for thousands of years.
Made from: Wool, natural plant dyes
Supporting: The empowerment of women in remote communities, Sustainable farming practices, The continuation of indigenous knowledge
Handmade from 100% natural materials, each piece is uniquely designed by women living in Northern Thailand.