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
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.