• Valentina Handbag

    Awana Wasinchis

  • $91.95 AUD

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  • Description

    This beautiful and colourful handbag was handwoven by Valentina Villacorta, from the Patabamba Community in Peru's Sacred Valley.

    Valentina Villacorta

    Characteristics: 

    • High quality weaving and craftsmanship
    • 24x30cm with 50cm strap
    • Fully lined, zipped
    • High quality 50% alpaca/ 50% sheeps wool
    • Outside zip pocket
    • Handmade using natural organic dyes.

    About the Patabamba Community

    The Patabamba Community is located in the Coya district of the Peruvian province of Calca, close to the historical city of Cuzco at 3800m above sea level. The Patabamba Community is reknown for its beautiful handwoven textiles. Artesans in this community make every effort to keep ancient weaving techniques and designs of their ancestors alive.

    Members of the Patabamba Community dedicate their livelihoods to agricultural and weaving activities. Their techniques for both activities have been developed from their Inca ancestors, characterising their modern-day products with Andean cultural heritage.

    Patabamba is an indigenous community with many cultural riches to share with its visitors. The community’s stunning location is most famous for the ‘Sacred Valley Balcony’ – a viewpoint providing impressive vistas over the entire Sacred Valley of the Incas.

    The Sacred Valley Balcony offers a varied landscape where ancient Andean communities introduced crops such as corn, cotton, coca and other cereals. The crops still today provide sustenance for the Ayllus (traditional forms of Andean communities led by a chief) living around the Sacred Valley.

     

    About the Cusco Collection

    The colourful and uniquely woven designs from our Cusco Collection are ethically sourced entirely from our partners at Awana Wasinchis. Awana Wasinchis is a family-run not-for-profit cooperative, based in the historical city of Cuzco, Peru.

    The Mother-Son team work directly with artesans from communities in their home province to help provide sustainable incomes for families and showcase the traditional art of woven textiles to the world.

    Awana Wasinchis works on the principles of fair trade, ensuring just wages by paying 80 percent of the wholesale price to its artesans, based on a local fair price for each product.

Valentina Handbag

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