Threads of Peru Blog

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

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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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Product Feature: the Manta (an Andean blanket)

Called lliqlla (pronounced l-yick-lya) in Quechua, and manta in Spanish, this is a special piece of Andean clothing.  The manta is a medium-sized square textile composed of two pieces of fabric, each woven on the backstrap loom. The two halves are joined together by a central seam, but unlike the poncho, the entire length is sewn. These central seams are often very decorative, featuring such stitched designs as zig zags, triangles or starbursts.

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You may have wondered about our hashtag #makeyourstatement.

Threads of Peru provide opportunities to #makeyourstatement, whether it’s in your fashion choices or in daily life.

Our handcrafted pieces are made for a lifetime; each item is unique, handmade by an indigenous artisan who uses techniques passed down through the generations.  These pieces transcend seasons or fashions, and with their bold, tribal colors make it easy to #makeyourstatement 

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Product Feature: The Andean Chullo

The OCONGATE and PITUKISKA hats have a long history in the Andes, and provide a direct link from past to present. The Andean chullo is an often elaborately decorated, usually colourful winter hat knitted using five very fine needles. Knitting was introduced in Peru during Colonial times, but it has reached an unparalleled degree of artistry in the Andes, becoming the subject of many academic writings. While weaving is largely done by women, in many communities it is often the men who knit.

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How We Met: Pitukiska

Pitukiska is another of the communities that I first connected with as a volunteer for Q’ente. I remember the first time I travelled to Pitukiska, in 2010. Back then, the routine was to drive from Cusco to Calca – about an hour by public transit – and stay overnight in that town. Calca is probably my favourite town in the Sacred Valley: a little off the beaten track, its adjoining plazas in the heart of town are a jewel to behold with its lush palm trees and impressive colonial era church, all embraced by the rolling mountain peaks that rise up on either side of the Valley.

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Featuring the Peruvian Alpaca Poncho

Threads of Peru’s line of alpaca ponchos, part of our Quechua Collection are rooted in Andean culture and steeped in history. The Andean poncho is a traditional item of Andean dress that may date back to some of the earliest pre-Incan cultures. The poncho is composed of two rectangular pieces of fabric woven on the backstrap loom, each piece the width of the weaver’s body. The two pieces are subsequently sewn together, leaving an opening in the middle of the seam for the head to pass through. When worn, the poncho covers most of the upper body, protecting one from the cold, while still allowing free movement of the hands and arms.

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