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The Women’s Weaving Project

October 26, 2010

The travel company I used for my Peru trip, Gap Adventures, have developed a non-profit foundation called Planeterra Foundation, which supports local charities and community projects in the various countries they have tours. In Peru, one of the projects Planeterra supports is the Women’s Weaving Project. This community project was started to encourage the revival of ancient weaving traditions within the community as well as provide a source of income for the women of the community. These women practice ancient techniques of spinning wool by hand to make their own yarn, creating dyes from local plants, and weaving using the same style looms the Incas would have used. They have set up stalls to display and sell their pieces which are all completely one of a kind and made from heavenly soft alpaca wool. I made two quick impulse decisions on an adorable knit hat and a stunning scarf, if I spent too much time looking at every piece I never would have been able to decide or would have have tried to buy everything!

A demonstration of how the red pigment came be altered to make different shades using things like salt or lemon juice. Unfortunately, Caitlyn’s hand was stained for days.

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  1. October 26, 2010 11:21 pm

    What a brilliant project, and lucky you getting to go to Peru!

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