Mosqoy is a non-profit organization that works with rural Quechua communities in the Peruvian Andes, providing economic and educational opportunities to their five partnering communities. The sale of textiles in fair trade markets helps to keep the textile tradition alive and valued, whilst empowering women weavers as artists and providers for their families. A portion of the money from sales goes towards funding further education for young people from these communities and to a fund for community-led projects.
The textiles are made using alpaca or sheep’s wool, naturally dyed with plants from the local area and handwoven on traditional backstrap looms. The symbology in the textiles is a form of passing on knowledge and storytelling in Quechua culture, with each design representing a theme, story or message.
*Photos courtesy of Ashli Atkins, Mike Graeme and Stuart Higgs