The indigenous Quechua people live high in the Andean mountains of Peru carrying on the age-old tradition of back-strap weaving. The Quechua women in these communities make yarn to weave textiles from the Alpaca they heard; hand-dye the yarn from the plants, flowers and vegetables they grow in their region; then, sell their textiles to SHOP steel feathers and other like-minded businesses and individuals. This provides them an income so they may continue to live a traditional lifestyle and care for their children. The process is completely organic and self-sustaining in this very isolated community.
The Huichol Center was established by Susana Valadez three decades ago and it has become a fully sustainable community for the Huichol people who were malnourished and literally becoming extinct as a culture.
A school was built for 3-12 year olds where they are taught to read and write in both Huichol and Spanish. They are also taught the Huichol numeric system, math, folklore and native arts, striving to keep this native culture alive. The Center has also created a project called “Hand-Crafts, Not Hand-Outs” where the Huichol people are taught their ancient artistry skills of making beaded jewelry and yarn art, creating economic sustainability. Agricultural sustainability is also prevalent in this community, as they grow and raise their own food.
Help support the Huichol people by purchasing their beautiful hand-beaded jewelry.