On November 8th we gave our second workshop. Nilda had requested that we present our experiences working with craftspeople in India. We expanded that mandate a bit to include other work with groups in Turkey, Morocco, and Ethiopia. At the Chinchero Centre we showed images of workshops, dyepots, dyes, yarns, and artisans to a group of 20 weavers from 9 communities.
|Presenting images of an Ethiopian market.|
They also wanted to know if the artisans we worked with wore traditional dress. Over the past 12 years the Peruvian artisans found that with the increase in their reputation from exquisite weavings, they had a renewed sense of pride in traditional dress. They wanted to be known, not only as artisans, but as THE artisans from their community. Did others feel the same? It has been our experience that this is true. The work brings a welcome respect.
|Our talk was translated into Quechua by Jennifer Callañaupa.|
As with any presentation we give to a rural group, they were very curious about the animals found in other parts of the world. They were impressed with wild silk moths, but equally curious about the large herds of camels (which they recognize as relatives of llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos).
|A participant reviews Maiwa postcards - one of our promotional tools for marketing craft.|