Threads of Peru Blog

Volunteering with Threads Part 1: Weft and Warp: Working in Two Cultures

It all started over a beer at a fund-raiser in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, near Cusco.

That afternoon, all the micro-brewery’s profits went in support of the non-profit, Threads of Peru. When I met the organization’s director of operations, Dana, a sassy young anthropologist who works with local weavers, I asked if I could volunteer. (I’d been keeping an eye out for volunteer work involving textiles and supporting women.)

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Learning about handmade felt toys!

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In a two part series, Sarah Confer visits one of our partner organisations, the Spectacled Bear Conservation Society (SBC) located in the North of Peru. In, this, the second blog she provides an overview of the work done by SBC in supporting women’s artisan cooperatives, which produce felted animals and some handbags.  She particularly enjoys learning about handmade felt toys!

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Peruvian Weaving Connects Cultures!

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Quechua textiles are much more than pieces of woven fabric. They embody stories, experiences and memories for Andean people in profound ways.  Threads of Peru is passionate about being part of this living, artisanal tradition of culture and identity in Peru

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Spotlight On: The Spectacled Bear Conservation Society

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In a two part series, Sarah Confer visits one of our partner organisations, the Spectacled Bear Conservation Society (SBC) located in the North of Peru. In this, the first blog she provides an overview of the SBC and their work, in the second blog she provides an overview of the work done by SBC in supporting women’s artisan cooperatives.

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A Saturday afternoon in the Andes

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Sarah Confer has been involved with Threads of Peru since 2012, firstly as the on the ground Project Coordinator and then later as a Projects Advisor.  Sarah is also a Co-Founder of another textiles project, Q'ente and the revitalisation of the ancient weaving tradition is her passion; she is also a Textile Conservator and works in museums in Canada, when she is not in the field in Peru!  Here, Sarah enjoys a Saturday afternoon in the Andes with the weavers and provides insight into the work of Threads of Peru and Andean rural life!

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