The process and tradition involved in making quality Peruvian textiles is highly complex and special. The authentic textiles are handmade ancient patterns woven from natural materials found in their communities (alpaca wool and plant dyes).
“There is a fear among supporters of this ancient craft that the tradition could be lost.”
Therefore there is interest in fostering the women and villages who have strong textile skills and also in re-introducing the traditional weaving methods into some of the villages that are losing or have lost these traditions due to the availability of cheaper synthetic alternatives.
Along with the passing-down and preservation of ancient weaving knowledge, a strengthened sense of community among the Andean women is an added benefit of the weaving activity. The opportunity for more concentrated social activity for the women in these remote villages helps lead to positive changes in their communities. Among these changes is a shift of economic power, from the sole male provider in the family unit, to a shared ability between men and women. Studies show that the extra income generated by women in these communities is more likely to be spent on nutrition and the benefit of their children.