Threads of Peru Blog

The 3 Pillars of Sustainability: Part I - Environmental aspects of sustainability

Environmental sustainability using natural dyes
One of the most well-known aspects of sustainability is environmental sustainability, the no-brainer idea that we should not harm the planet (and ultimately ourselves) while we produce things. Read more about how working with natural materials contributes to this idea of environmental sustainability.
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An Insider Look at our Oh-So-Soft, Huggable Alpaca Pallay Throw Pillow!

Pallay alpaca throw pillow on the loom with little girl
Discover our Pallay alpaca throw pillow in this insider's sneak peak into the design inspiration behind this decorative pillow, how it was made and the weavers who bring it to life.
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ORG by vio joins Threads of Peru as a Partner NGO

This month, we are thrilled to announce that we will be featuring indigenous jewelry items by like-minded organization ORG by vio ® in our store!  ORG by vio is a non-profit that works in partnership with indigenous artisans in the Amazon to promote their culture and artistry and providing a sustainable source of income.  Just like Threads of Peru, ORG by vio sells fair trade items with the goal of increasing the livelihood of indigenous artisans.

Designer Violeta Villacorta founded the non-profit and designs collections of handmade jewelry, accessories, and eco fashion items using plant materials native to the Amazon.  She believes that “adornment connects us to something higher … it honors the beauty of the Earth and power of nature.”  We couldn’t agree more!  Here are some of the ORG by vio items we are featuring in our online store:

Collar 

AWAJUN BEA NECKLACE

NANTU BRACELET

NANTU BRACELET

ORG by vio joins other non-profits we are already working with to support indigenous Peruvian artisans on the path to economic empowerment and cultural preservation, Awamaki and Q’ente.

Founded in 2009, Awamaki’s mission is to “collaborate with the greater Ollantaytambo community to create economic opportunities and improve social well-being.”  They are committed to empowering “highly skilled Andean women artisans engaged in the market economy, running successful cooperative businesses, and leading their communities out of poverty.”

AWAMAKI 100% ALPACA BABY BOBBLE HAT

 

AWAMAKI 100% ALPACA BABY BOBBLE HAT

The Q’ente Textile Revitalization Society is “an incorporated British Columbia not-for-profit society, which works directly with over 100 weavers in the Sacred Valley region of Peru by providing an outlet to sell textiles in North America. The aim of the project is to establish sustainability in the Sacred Valley region through the textile tradition, which is an integral part of the Quechua culture, history, and economy.”

Q'ENTE APU BELT

 

Q'ENTE APU BELT

From the handmade textiles of Awamaki to handwoven wool purses of Q’ente, the fair trade jewelry by ORG by vio adds to the variety of our products and showcases talent and culture of Peruvian artists in the Andes and the Amazon.