Backstrap loom weaving in the Andes is learned without written or visual aids, only a lifetime of observation beginning from infancy.
Girls and boys alike peer over their mothers' shoulders from carrying shawls like kangaroo pouches. As early as 10 years old, children are proficient in both spinning and weaving.
But with technological advancements and urban movement, it is our concern that these practices are unlikely to survive another generation.
Angela, Santusa and Leonard are three of the most talented artisans in the Cusco region, and we endeavor to support them in continuing to weave. During off production months, Pichinku accepts bespoke textile orders designed one-on-one with our team.
Each piece is entirely unique, lovingly woven over many days and provides additional income to each artisan family.
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