Meüne - The Weavers

THE WEAVERS

At Meüne, we admire and celebrate the weavers.

They are the heart of this project and it’s time for you to meet them.

We work directly with weaving cooperatives in different regions of Cusco, Puno, and Arequipa, in the Peruvian Andes. They make the fabrics you see in our designs. Their craft is what makes our clothes special.

The artisans we work with are from the Quechua and Aymara communities. Both communities developed a unique weaving tradition. It means that they make different pallays (woven designs), that require distinct sets of skills.

The communities have been taking care of the Alpacas herds for generations. They do the entire wool-making process by hand: shredding, carding, washing, spinning, dyeing, and weaving. They use only natural resources such as rainwater, plants, roots, and flowers.

Quechua and Aymara communities use two different looms in their weaving process: Four-Post loom and Backstrap loom. The whole process can be highly complex or very simple, and it involves using a frame, the weaver’s body, or even gravity to provide the necessary tension.

The Backstrap Loom is the oldest form of loom in the world. An entirely non-mechanized instrument, it is constructed with wood and strings. This is an easily portable loom, often carried wrapped inside the traditional "lliqlla" (carrying shawl) that every woman wears.

Traditional weaving is a part of identity in the high Andes, along with traditional free alpaca herding and the use of the native Quechua and Aymara languages. Since these were non-written languages for a long time, weaving was the way people communicated. This traditional craft was a way to express thoughts and feelings about the natural world, tell stories, and record histories.

Woven textiles were also a way to measure wealth, and played a central role in civil and religious ceremonies. Everything from the spin of the yarn and the symbols woven into the textiles, to the colours and techniques, conveys a story about the weaver’s identity and where they comes from.

Meüne’s goal is to help artisans share their stories with the world. We believe this can contribute to the continuation of their culture and heritage, and make their wisdom a part of our contemporary world