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Alqo Wasi

Posted by Marisa Ramondo on

ALQO WASI is a company which currently works with workshops comprising women from the regions of Puno and Ayacucho. These women with low resources, experts in the technique of weaving with hand looms, as well as of hand knitting, hand embroidering and natural dying, come from vulnerable and marginal zones.

Through constant training, these women develop their skills in order to become more productive and competitive in the labor market. In this sense, ALQO WASI gives them the opportunity to develop their creative capabilities through the elaboration of exclusive pet and human products making them feel more confident in themselves and most importantly: enhancing the status of women and the important role they play in the progress of their homes and community.

It is important to mention that all the raw materials and techniques used in the tanning and dyeing process come from the Andean regions of Perú, which take seriously the need to prevent damage to the environment.

ALQO WASI means “Dog Home” in Quechua, the language of the Incas. It all started on one of my countless family adventures along the Peruvian Andes. We had already been on the bus for 4 hours, we had 2 more hours to go before arriving at the imposing great Colca Canyon and I had to come up with a business idea for my thesis at university. Suddenly, it just popped into my head.
I had been looking to buy clothes for Paco and Lua, my two little spoiled and pampered Westies, and nothing was good enough for them. As I was sitting by the bus window, I kept watching these awesome landscapes in the middle of what we call the sierra; they were covered with these incredible creatures, the Gold of the Andes as we proudly call them. Alpacas, llamas, guanacos and vicuñas grazed freely in the vast highlands of the region at more than 10,000 feet above sea level. From time to time we stopped in little villages where native communities are known for their magnificent weaving and natural dying techniques.
The weaving loom is used since pre Hispanic times and artisans from the Andean region apply ancestral techniques of spinning and dying to produce various textiles.After some time, I decided to take the risk. I created a company that could give our babies a sophisticated and one-of-a-kind product, and at the same time help a great cause. I can’t remember of another time when I was more passionate about something than I am now.
- Patricia Queirolo

Alqo Wasi is situated in Peru.
Click here to purchase Alqo Wasi Products available on Eco-Handbags.ca

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