the cosmology of the highland andean people is best understood through their textiles. weaving, their primary mode of artistic expression, brings them closer to the sacred fibers of life. in their belief system, no separation exists between themselves and the natural world. so their cultural identity is manifested in creating their textiles, and, more specifically, their garments.
we witnessed this firsthand when we met dona ana, pictured above, the elegant 72 year-old matriarch and community healer who runs the weaving cooperative, and her friend of 50 years and master weaver, mama lola. we are very honored to support their artistic community and collaborate with these talented artists.