Pom Pom Pillow - Gray & Blush
Made in Peru
by artisan women preserving traditional techniques
A pom pom pillow handmade in Peru. This black and white pattern is based off of traditional geometric textile designs passed down through generations. Each purchase empowers female artisans at Awamaki in Peru.
Pom Pom Pillow | Fair Trade | The Little Market
- Approximately: 12" wide x 24" long
- Materials: 100% cotton, natural dyes
- Features wooden button closure on back
- Care Instructions: Hand wash and lay flat to dry
- As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
Awamaki (which means “handmade” in Quechua) is a community-based nonprofit and social enterprise working with artisans in the Sacred Valley in Peru. The organization works with more than 140 female artisans from several different cooperatives. Many of these women are from rural farming communities. As a member of the Fair Trade Trade Federation, Awamaki provides educational programs and workshops about production, organization, quality training, and entrepreneurship. The women receive the skills and training essential to one day lead their cooperative with financial independence and self-sufficiency. Awamaki also works with local communities to build knitting centers and help smaller producers increase their capacity and reach.
To create these pieces by hand, female artisans at Awamaki practice a back-strap loom weaving technique and infuse traditions with modern techniques. This technique originally dates back thousands of years and can be found in the Andes region. For Awamaki pieces in particular, there is a unique design based on generations of local traditions. There are textile motifs, such as animals and geographic lakes, that are passed down from grandmothers and mothers to preserve the culture. The weaving has served as an act of storytelling and is representative of cultural identity. In addition to being locally sourced, the products are completely natural and no chemicals are ever used in the production process.
Best known as the heart of the Inca Empire, Peru is and has been home to many diverse indigenous cultures long before the Incas arrived; its rich and varied heritage includes the ancient Incan capital of Cuzco and the lost city of Machu Picchu. The diversity, color, creativity and multiple functions of Peru's cultural identity, has serve as the fundaments for the way of life for thousands of families and communities.
Fair Trade Products
Fair Trade is an approach to international trade centered around equitable partnerships, transparency and respect. It seeks to empower marginalized producers by providing them safe working conditions, fair pay, and a means to establish a sustainable business free from exploitation. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, we are committed to the Fair Trade principles.