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.