Inti Woven Belt
Textile Tradition: In the Andes, women artisans use the backstrap loom for traditional woven textiles. It is a completely non-mechanized loom, the oldest form in the world. It is constructed with wood, bone, and strings, easily portable, and possible to be set up in the home or elsewhere. All of the textiles used in Awamaki’s bags and purses are woven on back-strap looms by women living in remote Andean communities around the Sacred Valley.
Story of the Design: The textile designs of our coin purses were inspired by the shawls worn by our artisan partners. In Quechua, these shawls are called Lliclla, a very important and personal article for each woman. They carefully weave their own llicllas, selecting each figure and emblem to represent their own individuality and values. No two llicllas are the same as they are a visual representation of each woman. Which of our coin purses represents your style?
Artisans: Awamaki works with different cooperatives in the Patacancha and Kelkanka communities for woven textiles, it is based on a rotation system to ensure income and orders are equally distributed amongst the artisans. There are 3 cooperatives – Awac Phuna, Songuillay, and Wakanquilla Kelkanca – with about 90 women artisans who partner with Awamaki to weave textiles.
Lifestyle Photography by Christina Hussey Photography.
Inti Woven Belt
Where it's made
Founded by Kennedy Leavens in 2009, Awamaki creates lasting impact for 140 women in the remote Andean mountains of Peru by helping rural Andean women’s associations launch successful small businesses creating authentic, high-quality products and experiences. Awamaki invests in women’s skills, connects them to market access and supports their leadership so they can increase their income and transform their communities. A member of the Fair Trade Federation, Awamaki provides educational programs and workshops about production, organization, quality training, and entrepreneurship. The women receive the skills and training essential to one day lead their cooperative with financial independence and self-sufficiency.
How it's made
All knitted items are 100% alpaca wool and is ethically sourced. The yarn is ethically sourced, spun, hand dyed using azo-free dyes, and is hand knitted by empowered women. Using these ancient technologies and techniques allows the women artisans to preserve their craft and provide for their families. All artisans are paid a fair wage for their work creating these items.