Threads of Peru Blog

Dyeing in Totora

Dyeing is always nothing short of a miracle to me. Taking a handful of leaves freshly picked from the hillside – as we did yesterday with ch’illca, which we use for the green colour in our products – putting them into a boiling pot of water followed by carefully wound skeins of yarn, and moments later watching that yarn take on the hue of the leaves is simply amazing.
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How We Met: Huaran

Before I came to work at Threads of Peru in 2012, I was involved with another local non-profit organization called Q’ente, which similarly works to revitalize the weaving traditions in the Cusco area and provide economic support to weavers. Having volunteered there since 2009, I was already fairly well-connected with some of the local weaving cooperatives, including the one in Huaran.
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Threads of Peru Adopts a New Photographer/Social Media Volunteer Mariah Krey for the Summer!

Mariah, originally from Minnesota, first stumbled upon TOP last summer while she was searching for a way to combine her interests into meaningful work. She is currently a business school student studying Entrepreneurship & Marketing in Washington State, and spends most of her free time in the studio fostering her passions for photography and fibers.
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Good Luck Dana!

Dana working with peruvian weavers

It is with some sadness, and much anticipation we farewell Dana Blair from her role as Director of Operations in Cusco.  Over the past 4 years she has very much become the ‘face’ of Threads of Peru and an important part of our team.  We are delighted that she will be staying on with Threads in voluntary capacity, much like the other Executive Board members and that she is using much that she learned with her time with Threads of Peru to build her own business working with Andean artisans that we know and love. Dana shared story with us here

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Explore the Colors of Peru with us!

The Colors of Peru Peruvian Weaving Tour has literally been 8 years in the making!

It combines the very best of Peruvian culture and artisan traditions into 10 full days of discovery of Peru’s fascinating culture.

Starting in Lima,  we first visit some of Peru’s best textile museums and also provide context for the conquest and experience of the indigenous artisans in the Andes.   From Lima we take a short flight to Cusco, which at 3400metres (11100 feet) is one of the highest cities of its size in the world.  While we are acclimatizing in this captivating and cosmopolitan city we will have the opportunity to delve into Peru’s artistic traditions including a visit to a Maximo Laura workshop.

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Threads of Peru welcomes new Project Coordinator, Ligia Gómez!

Ligia, originally from Guatemala, joins the Threads of Peru team!

With years of experience working with traditional textiles in her home country, Ligia brings her expertise to Peru.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and International Trade, obtained in July 2015 at the Rafael Landívar University. While working in her home country with two different organizations, she developed a passion to preserve the traditions and culture of Indigenous communities.  Being herself part of the Maya K’iche community, working towards empowerment has become an essential core of her professional path.

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Introducing 2017 Weaving Tours!

Threads of Peru is thrilled to announce the launch of two brand new weaving tours for 2017!  After many requests from weavers, crafters and culture enthusiasts we have put our heads together for hands down the best two weaving tours that you will find!  with unique relationships to weaving communities Threads of Peru offers unparalleled insights into the world of weaving and the lives of Quechua weavers.   For an overview of our Tours offering http://threadsofperu.com/pages/visit-peru

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Beware the Danger of the Single Story

Have you ever thought about the stories we tell about different places, places we maybe don’t actually know that much about? We hear stories all the time that tell us about far off places. Sometimes the story is a beautiful tale of an idyllic lifestyle, where everything is easy; other times, it’s one of hardship and sadness. As Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about so eloquently in her TED talk, so often we are only hearing one side of the story, leaving our picture incomplete.

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