Awanallaqta Tocapo

The Centro Textil Awanallaqta Tocapo is a non-profit organization that was established in 1995 by Andean weavers and their supporters. The mission of the Center is to aid in the survival of Cusqueñan textile traditions and to provide support to the indigenous people who create them. The Center works with ten weaving communities in the Cusco region of Peru on a fair-trade basis to help rescue traditions and promote the weavers and their work. Through community organization, workshops, educational opportunities and more the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco ensures that there is a future for Cusqueñan textile traditions.

Marlene Callañaupa

About us
Awanallaqta Tocapo

Textile art in Peru dates back to the earliest civilizations that pre-inkas They reached great artistic maturity. The Incas, heirs to these cultures embody in tissues different ways of understanding the world
The Civil Association Nonprofit Awana Llaqta (Pueblo weaving), was founded the year 1995, by a group of women entrepreneurs; organized in workplaces and distributed in different communities of Chinchero, mostly integrated by mothers, single mothers, widows, youth and children, who are engaged to develop a variety of designs, having a thorough job in preserving textiles, reason that encouraged us to launch our brand to market and publicize the world the work of our organization.
In the Andes of South American textiles are omnipresent in the lives of the indigenous people who call this rugged mountain range their home. Textiles are both eminently practical as they protect from the harsh mountain climate, and stunningly beautiful as generations of weavers have applied their creativity to invent techniques and designs found nowhere else in the world. As it was in the past, textiles today form a powerful part of identity.

In Awanllaqta Tocapo

But this identity is at risk. Indigenous people still face racism on a daily basis. A globalized market economy that produces cheap, machine made products destroys respect and interest in the hand-made. Infringement on the intellectual rights of native peoples only makes this worst. Thread by thread, design by design, the weavers from Accha Alta and Acopia, Sallac, Patabamba and six other communities are battling to bring back their traditions from the brink of extinction. Through research and exhibits, the daily use of their textiles and more, the weavers are teaching the world not only why their textiles matter, but showing that they do not reside in the annals of history. Andean textiles are a living tradition.

District of Chinchero

The origins of Chinchero are lost in the night of time. There are vestiges dating back approximately two thousand years. The first inhabitants of the region were the ayarmacas who, when the first governors of Cusco arrived, defended their territory and offered serious resistance before being incorporated into the empire. Chinchero was the place chosen by the Inca Túpac Inca Yupanqui to establish his residence. He ordered the construction of beautiful palaces for his personal use and that of his panaca.
Towards 1536, in the heat of Conquest, Manco Inca initiated its rebellion burning Chinchero so that the Spaniards did not renew their provisions and stopped persecuting it in their retirement towards unknown jungle regions. When Viceroy Toledo visited Cusco, he stopped at Chinchero. Here he established a reduction of Indians and ordered the construction of the present church, which was built on beautiful Inca halls. Later, during the revolution of Túpac Amaru II, the curaca of Chinchero, Mateo García Pamacahua, rose in favor of the King of Spain to fight the rebel. The victory of Pumacahua was immortalized in a mural in which today a puma appears defeating a serpent (amaru).

Nicole Beck

This is a marvelous and informative place where one can learn to weave Inca style. If one wants to buy the best indigenous weavings, one needs to spend time at.

Kathy Harrison

Incredible to see the millennial history of Cuzco textiles and to show the new generations that their designs have very particular meanings and their beauty is enhanced in each work done.

Peter Robertson

From the raw material to use to the artisanal in its process. It is something that we owe or must rescue. give you more to undertake to give everything.


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