“A master weaver will draw from her experience of the natural world, her history, memory, and psychological state in order to create.
With each thread weaved between the next a specific feeling is conveyed and a story is told.”
Peruvian Frazada Weavers
For the past 9 years we have worked directly with a cooperative of women in the South-Eastern Andes of Peru to bring hand-woven Peruvian textiles to the states. These women are Quechuan, direct ancestors of the Incas who have been practicing and passing down the time honored tradition of weaving for nearly 4000 years. They weave incredible works of art for purposes of utility, ceremony, catharsis, creation and to share with tourists and travelers passing through their land. Residing in small rural communities in the Peruvian countryside they come together to weave. Most have learned the trade as little girls from their Mother or Grandmother and honed their skills to mastery. Weaving is part of the soul of many rural communities throughout Peru. It is an integral part of everyday life.
We take great pride and care in the relationship we’ve fostered with these women and are proud to provide a consistent source of income to them and their community.
Frazada blankets | Peruvian textiles
For the Incas finely worked and highly decorative textiles came to symbolize both wealth and status. The very best textiles became amongst the most prized of all possessions, even more precious than gold or silver. Considered among the great wonders of antiquity. Peruvian Textiles dates back to 8000 years BC and reached peak in value within Incan culture (2000 BC) No longer considered items solely for pragmatic use but relics of power and exaltation connoting religious symbolism. Textile art was capable of transmitting the“cosmovision” of the Andean world from generation to generation.
Promote and recover ancestral weaving techniques in order to keep alive a tradition that has been passed down through generations.
Peruvian textiles are such an important part of the Quechuan identity. The skill and spirit of tradition that goes into the creation of each frazada is elevating it from a commodity to a work of art that reverberates beauty, knowledge & vibrancy. The most important component in sharing this traditional art form with people is that it directly sustains the craft.
We work side by side with OIKOS. A nonprofit organization that develops programs for the sustainable use of natural resources. By buying our products you are helping protect the bio-diversity and environmental health of the indigenous regions of Perú.