Paya Lliklla, Las Tejedoras de Chari, Perú: Reweaving Traditions in the 21st Century
Date and TimeWednesday, November 16, 2016
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
- Thornapple Gallery, Russel H. Kirkhof Center
In the Andean mountain village of Chari, Peru, a weaving cooperative of indigenous women is changing the structure of their lives. The weavers who make up Paya Lliklla utilize handicraft skills to fabricate woven trade goods marketed to clients well outside their local boundaries.
Weaving is an accepted female occupation within this cultural group, but it has always fallen to their male relatives to market the finished handmade textiles. The women of Paya Lliklla have managed to merge the two - manufacture and sales of the products – as the sole responsibility of the association.
This significantly changes the established division of labor and moves the women's weaving from a private to a public sphere, empowering the women both financially and socially, and significantly alters their status within their families and the larger community.
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