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LATA visits ToP projects

Louise Martindale films, while Urbano Huayna translates, during an interview with Master Weaver Daniel Sonqo of Parobabma

Louise Martindale films, while Urbano Huayna translates, during an interview with Master Weaver Daniel Sonqo of Parobabma

Threads of Peru was delighted to host a number of international visitors in September, and being able to show them a little about our projects.   Due to time constraints, the visit was to Rumira Sondormayo which is the most easily accessible of the communities where we work, being only an hour away from the popular tourist town of Ollantaytambo.

Virgina measures her weaving, as it dries, with a measuring tape donated by the LATA Foundation.Louise Martindale and Alastair McClymont, from the UK, are graduates in television production and journalism and they filmed and interviewed participants in a typical weaving capacitacion workshop, led by Master weaver Daniel Sonqo.   They were in Peru making a film about LATA Foundation(Latin American Travel Association) projects and therefore it was interesting for them to learn more about the cochineal plant and its uses, and also to see the women using simple tools donated by LATA which are intended to help improve the weaving.

During the afternoon, Claire Antell, Executive Secretary of LATA and Tony Thorne, were able to make a visit and see a little bit of the work we are doing.  We also appreciate Claire mentioning ToP´s work during her presentation at the TravelMartLatinAmerica, held in Lima towards the end of the month.

Such visits from international visitors are most welcome as it provides further depth of understanding to the work that we are doing.

Some of the images displayed here show a typical workshop - evaluating and measuring weavings, washing and drying. During the workshop, Daniel also gave each weaver more homework.

Daniel Sonqo and Urbano Huayna measure and discuss the quality of a weaving in Rumira Sondormayo.

Daniel Sonqo and Urbano Huayna measure and discuss the quality of a weaving in Rumira Sondormayo.

Paulina and friend wash their weavings - an important step in preparing the weavings for market.

Paulina and friend wash their weavings - an important step in preparing the weavings for market.