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“Most virtuosic textiles in Cusco”

Awana Wasinchis Fair Trade
Ranked #18 of 58 Shopping in Cusco
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

It's worth seeking out this small fair trade shop in Cusco. I bought a gorgeous textile purse for 90 soles ($32.01 USD), knowing that 80% goes to the weaver from the Bombon community. The dyes are from natural plants, the fabric is 100% alpaca, and even has dried beans functioning as buttons to fasten the top. These weavers are in isolated communities that don't even have the option of 'cheating' with artificial dyes or machines.
There are so many artisan markets vying for your attention- probably mostly manufactured in factories in Lima. A few have artisan goods- that hardly support the artisans themselves. Considering you are buying direct from the organization that is in contact with the weavers, the prices are fairly comparable to non-fair trade goods.

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Reviewed 25 December 2013

The textiles at Awana Wasinchis are mostly new yet carry on the traditions of the regions where the individual weavers live, on occasion with a contemporary twist. The quality is significantly higher than what you find in the more heavily touristed stores of Cusco. I bought a vintage weaving of a quality I hadn't seen elsewhere - the store has a number of older textiles - and a richly colored hat, new, with a peak at the top, fringe, and a high-spirited ornamental thingy woven on one side.
As satisfying as these purchases were, being able to hear about the store's history from the woman who established it made me even happier. She spoke of the time she had spent traveling to weaving villages, the long work of encouraging skilled weavers to agree to join together in a Fair Trade group and take the risk of opening a store. It was inspiring to learn a bit about the group's history, their principles, the risks they undertook and the satisfaction that they're now starting to find success. So I'm especially glad to have bought those things - and would encourage others to seek out this store. It shows none of the compromises with tradition or quality one sometimes sees in Fair trade shops. And buying there also supports the hopes and Fair Trade principles of the store's founder and its weavers.
Awana Wasinchis is located near the bottom of one of Cusco's famously narrow and steep streets, less than a 5 minute slow walk from the main walking street between the central plaza and San Blas. It's worth the slight detour to stop by.

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