“Threads of Peru is a not-for-profit social enterprise that connects the world to handmade treasures of the Andes, helping to strengthen ancient craft techniques and empower artisans.”
The tradition of weaving stretches back through 5000 years of Peruvian history. Today back-strap weaving is as important a component to the culture of the high Andes as the traditional alpaca herding and the native Quechua language.
Threads of Peru are committed to breathing life back into the incomparable value and knowledge of natural fibres, natural dyes, and textile traditions of the Andes. Making these traditions and processes economically viable. And creating sustainable and empowering business opportunities for young Quechua men and women.
Threads of Peru works with weavers who are predominantly women. With little or no access to education, however, and few available economic opportunities close to home, the vast majority of women in the high Andes are still entirely reliant on their husbands. By marketing the work produced by weavers in these communities and by sourcing products from like-minded organisations across Peru, Threads of Peru provide an opportunity for women to earn an income while continuing to live a traditional lifestyle and care for their children.
The overall mission and model of Threads of Peru is to reach a global audience and communicate the importance of socially conscious investment.