Threads of Peru Blog

Tradition is the Democracy of the Dead

Quechua weaver and cat- a timeless tradition


Out with the old and in with the new?
For some, maybe. But at Threads of Peru, we are not trying to obliterate the old. Rather, we honor the idea that “tradition is the democracy of the dead.” It is through tradition that our ancestors continue to have a say in how the future of society unfolds. 
By incorporating the wisdom of the ancients into the present, we honor the life experiences, skills, and art of those who came before us.

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Ponchos - The New Black, Gray, Brown, and all Colors of the Rainbow!

 boys in red ponchos; Andean boys in regional ponchos


You might be feeling that tiny nip in the are indicating the arrival of the fall season. It’s a good time to consider purchasing one of Threads of Peru’s elegant, handmade, natural fiber ponchos. Originally a garment worn by men, ponchos were first created and worn in the Andean regions. Europeans arrived in South America in the 17th century, and adapted ponchos to their own specifications, including some highly elaborate designs. Today, ponchos continue to be worn in the high Andes, with each village having its own designs and design elements that carry regional significance.

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Your Positive Impact on Weaving Communities and the World


Are you aware that every one of your purchase decisions has an impact on people, nature, and planet: one that may be hard to fathom from where you are sitting? If you were to trace any product from beginning to end, you could create a map showing the people, animals, plants, and environment that were all changed in some small part because of the production of that item and your subsequent purchase of it.

 You, yes You, have a significant impact on our world!

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Learn About Andean Textiles!

Andean Weaving Free Info-Seminar One Night Only-

Thursday, July 7th @ 6:00 PM

Quechua Textile Enthusiast and Conservator Sarah Confer will present fascinating textiles, and tell a vibrant story about life in the Andes.

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