Support Indigenous Craftsmen this Holiday: Buy Peruvian Cloths Direct from the Weavers

Every journey to Peru is full of new sights, tastes, smells, and sounds. It’s also an adventure into texture and touch.

The solid roughness of stone at Machu Picchu. The sturdy softness of the horse that carries you up the mountain. The nubby fibers in a piece of handwoven cloth.

Yes, a trip to Peru is about experiencing a different world and getting to know yourself in a new way. But, it’s also about shopping!

Every time I return home from my twice-yearly adventures to the city of Cusco the surrounding mountains, my bags are full of new treasures. Custom-carved Chumpi Stones. Majestic crystals. And so many textiles.

The people and the dedication behind the art of Andean Weaving

Weaving Andean Cloth | Cusco Peru | Sacred Center Healing |Chumpi Illumination | Eleanora AmendolaraThis fall, I had the privilege of visiting Dona Maria Apasa Machaca, a Q’ero elder who now lives at the edge of Cusco.

In addition to carrying the wisdom of the mountains, Dona Maria is a master weaver. She and her cousin Benito, himself a healer and shaman, gave me their precious handmade cloths to sell to the members of the Sacred Center community.

Each cloth is a humble masterpiece. A small cloth – one that you might use for your mesa or personal altar space – takes one to three months to complete.

Would you believe that a poncho can take up to a year of steady work to finish? Talk about wearable art!

A special invitation: Purchase these one-of-a-kind Peruvian cloths

Through December, I will be selling Dona Maria and Benito’s work as well as several pieces I have collected in my two decades of Peruvian travel.

Prices range from $55 to $350. Below, you’ll find selected images the cloths. Please contact me for specific prices and dimensions. You can pay by check or credit card and I will mail them to you if you cannot come to the Sacred Center in Warwick, NY to pick them up.