A Sweater For My Sister
Hualhuas, Peru, 19 January 2007
Labariana Mendoza, stands watch over her and her sister’s sheep while also knitting a scarf, in a pasture near her house. Hualhaus is a small town northwest of Huancayo in the Central Highlands that is known for its fine weavings. Life here exists has it has for centuries. The people raise their own sheep and alpaca, hand-spin their own threads, and make their own natural dyes from grinding roots leaves flowers, fruits and minerals, much as it was done by the pre-Incan cultures of the Nasca and Paracas. Many of the towns in the Mantaro Valley are known for specific crafts. They have begun to market themselves to raise tourism and bring money directly to the towns, rather than having to send their wares of to markets and pay much of their profits to middlemen.