Today is Cyber Monday!

If you’re out perusing the web today looking for great Cyber Monday deals, don’t forget to stop by Threads of Peru’s  Ebay Store where Threads of Peru’s gorgeous, hand-made textiles are available for 25% – 50% off! Don’t worry – our weavers have received their money up-front, so this sale does not impact their fair wage.

Today’s a great day to shop for that person in your life with in an interest in unique fashion or home décor, and a desire to make a difference in the world.

Your purchase of a Threads of Peru textile not only promotes fair trade and ecologically sustainable production practices, but also makes a significant impact in strengthening the vitality of the Quechua textile tradition in the Peruvian Andes.

Each textile is intricately hand-woven on a traditional backstrap loom, a technique that extends back to some of the earliest pre-Columbian cultures in Peru, using naturally dyed or undyed organic alpaca wool.

The result is a stunning piece of wearable or useable art, something that you will feel proud to show off to your friends for the difference that you made in a Quechua woman’s life.

All proceeds from textile sales support Threads of Peru’s non-profit initiatives in the weaving communities, providing them with training and other opportunities for long-term sustainability.

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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

2 thoughts on “Today is Cyber Monday!

  1. Non profit with that high prices? Come on… who are you guys? Trying to be rich in short time with the work of our poor people?

    • Hi there,

      I understand your skepticism, but please let me explain…

      The prices are high because we follow a fair trade model.The weavers are paid a very fair wage, upfront. And only one person in our organisation is paid (our project coordinator who is on the ground in Cusco) – ALL of the founders are volunteers who get paid nothing – you can trust me when I say that no one is getting rich off of “your poor people”.

      These Andean textiles are gorgeous works of art, all done meticulously by hand. These are not mass-produced factory goods that can be sold cheaply. These textiles should be expensive and the weavers deserve a fair price for their wonderful work. Many of these items are one-of-a-kind, which makes an item more expensive. Do you know how long it takes a weaver to make a poncho or a scarf? It is very hard work to make something like that, when the weaver must shear the wool from their own animals, spin it all by hand, colour it by hand with all local natural dyes (from plants, minerals, etc), and then weave all the intricate patterns by hand on the simple back-strap loom. It is not a product you can by for cheap and we do not intend to market it as a cheap item – these are luxury textiles that will be treasured for a life time and the price reflects that. Our customers pay these prices because they value the craftsmanship that goes into making them.

      We buy straight from the weavers and give them money up-font, and we often invest in materials when we order and donate to projects that they want in their communities.

      Running an NGO and selling things online is not easy, and there are many overhead costs, like ebay fees, international shipping, paying a staff member to run things on the ground, transportation to and from very remote villages. Our prices are very fair for these beautiful handmade textiles.

      I hope I have shed some light on your questions.

      Sincerely,

      Angie Hodder
      co-founder and volunteer

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