Comunidad de Patacancha

Patacancha is a campesino, Quechua community situated in the mountains above the town of Ollantaytambo. Here, about 150 families live and work according to a community-organizing model, working with neighboring communities to maintain a self-government and judicial system.

The tradition of textile weaving there dates back generations, passed down from mothers and grandmothers to daughters and granddaughters. Traditionally, weavers created textiles to be worn, with some designs meant for everyday wear and others meant for ceremonies and special events. Today, weavers continue to create beautiful hand-woven pieces marked by Quechua symbology and patterns unique to this region, for both continued use within the community and for an outside market.

Aula works with a collective of weavers in Patacancha who have expressed specific interest in sharing their expertise and culture with visitors and collaborating with other organizations and companies.