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Haze hangs low in the hills as women in warm and colorful clothes dig potatoes from the fields. Sheep stand scattered among the rocks faded wood fences. An overcast sky blows a chill that seems constant, but the sheep don’t feel it beneath their wooly coats. Shorn, spun, dyed and woven. Sheep’s wool of the highlands of Peru is certainly something special. Every fiber is touched by the fingertips of a person gifted with the skill of creating. The click of a foot pedal loom cuts through the quiet of the mountain village Paucara, Huancavelica. In this village, three brothers keep their family’s traditions alive through the workshop that they own. Julian, Hilario and Ramon Castillo work with designers to create modern pieces, made in an old way. When we see wool woven like this, we see that there is love in every strand. And by bringing these items into our homes, we are embracing a world not so very far away.
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AllpaAllpa is named for a Quechua Indian word that means "earth." Allpa is a Peruvian craft trading company providing marketing assistance to artisan groups and family workshops throughout Peru. In addition, Allpa provides technical help, product development advice, skills training, tools and appropriate equipment to artisans. Read more.
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