Our weaver profile of the month – Mercedes Quispe Medina

Hi all,

I was lucky enough to go up to the communities last month with a Quechua interpreter so I was able to do some interviews with some of our craftswomen! The interviews are quite brief as the women are very shy but give a glimpse into their lifestyle and ways of thinking. I am going to try to post a new profile every month so you can get to know some of the women.


Name: Mercedes Quispe Medina

Community: Rumira Sondormayo

Position: Secretary of the Rumira Sondormayo Weavers Association

Age: 22

Marital Status:Single



Children: None.

Favourite Article to weave: The challina because it is easiest to make.

What is your favourite pallay: I like using a flower pallay the most.

Favourite Animal: Fish, to eat.

What are your favourite colours for weaving: I like to use red, to vary my weavings and it goes well with other colours.

Do you prefer to work at home or outside: I like to work in the farmhouse so I can be with the animals.

What is your favourite fiesta: There are no fiestas here, alcohol is forbidden.

What is your favourite thing about your village: I like the local plants and the fresh air here.

What is the biggest change to happen in your village in the last few years: We now have drinking water in the village.

Here is a gorgeous pillow that Mercedes crafted with her hands… You can buy this one on World of Good.

Organic Handmade Pillow Cover - Threads of Peru

Handmade Pillow by Mercedes Quispe Medina

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Threads of Peru is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization (ngo) registered in Cusco, Peru. The founding members represent the countries of Canada, Australia, and Peru. “Threads of Peru has been created to educate the world about the unique beauty and cultural significance of the Andean people and their textile traditions. Through the web, community tours, and international sales, we connect indigenous Andean weavers of Peru to a global market; contributing to the survival of this art form and to the health and well-being of the people that sustain it.” This is our blog where we write about our community projects and activities with community members. Our website it www.threadsofperu.com

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