A Cusco is known for its beautiful handmade textiles made with so much dedication by artisans. Part of it is the variety of their traditional designs and their incredible range of colors that each fabric has. But the most important thing is to highlight the tradition that carries each of their textiles which dates to the pre-Inca era and which still lives on. When this project was started the intention was to offer customers a “pasadizo” as it is called in Cusco or as commonly call scarves/shawls. These pasadizos are handmade using 100% baby alpaca fiber which is one of the softest wool along with the cashmere. Apart from that the key idea behind this project is to work with remote communities of the Cusco region to promote their products and to offer them in North America and other regions of the world.
The alpaca wool.
Alpaca fiber is considered today as one of the finest in the world for its softness and strength. This type of fiber native of Peru was used by ancient Peruvians when they made their garments. Peru is currently the largest producer of this fiber which holds 80% of the population of alpacas in the world. This fiber is not only used by artisans to make clothing for use by the local market in Peru but also is a fiber that is used by the best design houses in the world.
It is very rare to see a textile from Cusco without having those bold colors and beautiful designs. Only it makes us think that the Andean World is happy, mystical and wonderful as it was in the Inca times. All of the colors seen in the textiles come from plants, flowers and the cochinillia giving an incredible range of colors. This process of dyeing wool is a completely organic process that does not pollute the environment and after washing the fabric it does not stain.
The technique used by artisans to make these “pasadizos” is the technique of “backstrap weaving”. It is an ancient technique that dates back to Inca times and still used today.
Our mission is not only to help women artisans able to have a better economic sustenance for their families but to prevail an ancestral tradition. This is why with the help that is given to these artisans we have also committed to train more artisans to prevail ancient art.