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Mother with Child Dolls
The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco
Each smiling doll carries her swaddled little one on her back. The textile designs woven into the fabrics on the dolls' dresses represent symbols of importance to the Andean communities—Chili Chili (a medicinal plan), Pumac Makin (footprints of a puma), Mayu Qenqo (meandering river).
The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, Peru
Carrying on the thousands-year-old tradition of weaving on a backstrap loom, Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez, together with her organization, The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, offers a variety of handmade items with the primary goal of preserving the cultural art form of weaving. Proceeds go toward fair wages for the women and training.