Quechua Communities

The clacking of knitting needles is the background music in many Quechua households. Founded by the people of Peru, Andean weaving techniques are recognized as one of the greatest textile art forms in the world. For as long as there is historic record, the Quechua have been practicing their craft, passing it along to their children from the time they can hold a knitting needle. The Quechua people are descendants of the Incas, an ancient culture who inhabited Peru before the European settlers invaded in the 1500s.

The Quechua create very distinct products with heavy alpaca and rare vicuna wool by using a tight knitting style and complicated patterns for their ponchos, shawls, scarves, bags, and even stuffed animals. The Quechua women are never idle, spending the time needed to perfect each product, while still tending to their families.

Despite having a culture steeped in history and fine craftsmanship, the indigenous peoples of Peru still face poverty-related challenges. Due to the mountainous region they call home, it is difficult for Peruvian children to access the nearest school. Genesis works together with organizations like The Sacred Valley Project to build dormitories for the daughters of local artisans. With the construction of dormitories, these students are able to attend school without having to make arduous treks through the mountains, a journey that often makes finishing education impossible. Through the purchase of Peruvian masterpieces, you can become partners in empowerment and help us send young girls to school safely.