Ethically sourced from Peru, this beautiful handwoven shoulder bag in earthy sunset colours is from the Chinchero Collection. Handmade by Ernestina Pamayalli Auccacusi from the Acopia Community in Peru’s Sacred Valley. Handwoven using traditional Peruvian weaving techniques, this handbag is made from all natural fibres and dyes.
About the Acopia Community
The Acopia Community is a poor indigenous farming community located 250km from Cusco city in the Peruvian province of Acomayo. The Acopia Community’s unique textile tradition has seen it recently being incorporated as a member association of the Centro de Textilos Tradicionales del Cusco (Cusco Traditional Textiles Centre). These days weaving is a tradition only practiced by elders in the Acopia Community, leaving it vulnerable to becoming a lost art. However, the work done by the Centro de Textilos Tradicionales del Cusco is aiming to preserve this important cultural tradition by documenting their designs and producing threads for sale.
About the Chinchero Collection
The Chinchero Collection is a unique line of textile products ethically sourced from the Centro de Textilos Traditionales del Cusco, based in the small indigenous village of Chinchero, one hour from Cusco. The Centre works in nine different communities and provides sustainable incomes for approximately 350 adult artisans.
The Centro de Textilos is a not-for-profit organisation founded in1966 with the aim of helping local communities, cultural exchange and educating all generations on the ancient art of traditional weaving.
The artisans are paid fair wages for their products. All product prices are determined and set by the relevant communities, not by the centre. National taxes and administrative fees are then added onto the wholesale price.