We work with alpaca and sheep's wool, on their own or blended. Sometimes we shear the animals and spin the wool ourselves. Most of the colors we use come from natural dyes.
"Pachangara is a community in Oyón province with a textile workshop that first opened in 2008. The idea was to help mothers who wanted to contribute to their family's finances. The workshop was sponsored by a private company and two people were sent to Arequipa to train in weaving techniques, and bring back the donated looms.
"However, initially most mothers weren't interested in the workshop and it closed down within a year. It seemed like they did not believe they could profit from an activity they had been doing most of their lives.
"In 2011 the workshop opened again, this time sponsored by a different company. More looms were brought in, and people specialized in knitting and weaving came to train over 30 mothers. We specialize in weaving throws, bags, and accessories that can be sold at regional fairs.
"We work with alpaca and sheep's wool, on their own or blended. Sometimes we shear the animals and spin the wool ourselves. Most of the colors we use come from natural dyes.
"Pachangara is known for our brightly colored apparel, and that's exactly what we aim to show through our designs.
"Most of the people connected with the workshop work from home when they are not busy with their chores and responsibilities, and they use the looms at the workshop whenever they want. Either way, we all work with the highest of quality standards."
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