Our twelve-hour journey to Huancavelica, spent on a tiny ramshackle bus climbing precarious dirt roads that spiraled up into the mountains, was well worth it. We were greeted by unmatched hospitality: not only were the men donning their bright Sunday hats, but they also had a steaming Pachamanca feast ready for us as soon as we arrived.
Perched high up in the Andes, surrounded by streams of icy mountain water and herds of grazing alpacas and llamas, these villages are amongst the most beautiful in Peru. Their remoteness has long been a natural barrier, making it nearly impossible for these talented weavers to work with outsiders. Thankfully, we’ve partnered with a pair of young entrepreneurs, two brothers with decades of experience in weaving, whose workshops create stable incomes for almost twenty families.