Andean weaver

Andean weaver

The tradition of weaving in the Andes is documented back thousands of years. Today’s textile artists elaborate on the methods and designs developed through the centuries, adapting to contemporary tastes, availability of materials, and personal artistry. Carding,...

Francesca Gerillo Apaza

Francesca Gerillo Apaza is a young weaver living in the tiny village of Yanaruma at the highest habitable elevations in the Andes Mountains of Peru. Teen girls learn to weave scarves before tackling the immense complexities of mestanas.

Marquesa Apaza Samata

Marquesa Apaza Samata wore this hatband herself, so you might want to wash the tassels. Or not, carrying the heart of the Andean landscape right there with your hat.

Martina Samata Quispe

Martina Samata Quispe hand spun and dyed the alpaca yarns to weave a lovely and timeless bag. She wove the bag outdoors in her small village of Yanaruma lying over 15,000 ft (4500 m) at the highest habitable elevation in the Andes Mountains.

Manuela Apaza Gerillo

Manuela Apaza Gerillo created this sweet coca bag outdoors in her small village of Yanaruma lying over 15,000 ft. (4500 m.) at the highest habitable elevation in the Andes Mountains. A photo of Manuela holding a similar coca bag is included with your purchase. Your...