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Ccaccaccollo Women’s Weaving Co-op

Cusco, Peru

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Visit a traditional weaving co-operative in Peru’s Sacred Valley that has a bead on what it takes to not only serve tourism through tours, but integrate tourism into the daily fiber of life in a way that preserves the cultural value. The women of the Weaving Co-op use natural alpaca fibers to create incredible textiles.

When you visit the Ccaccaccollo Women’s Weaving Co-op, which has 55+ women at present, you will see every stage of the traditional weaving process they have used since the time of the Incas: hand-spinning wool, dying wool using natural dyes, and participation in a weaving demonstration. Money from the tours and the sale of textiles directly supports the community and allows these women to pay school fees, send their children to college, and improve every aspect of life in the village.

How to Visit Ccaccaccollo Women’s Weaving Co-op Near Cusco, Peru

Although the bulk of tourism to the Ccaccaccollo Women’s Weaving Co-op comes from G Adventures tours, it is possible to visit this social enterprise cooperative without a tour. In fact, it’s pretty easy. And if you are on the fence about visiting the co-op or the weaving demonstrations in Chinchero, it’s no contest—this is a far better experience with less of a pushy sales and more focused on cultural sharing.

Getting there: Take a collectivo out of Cusco toward Pisac, be sure to tell the taxi driver to drop you near Ccaccaccollo. The drop-off point is less than 10 minutes pass Awanakancha. Walk up the unpaved road for two kilometers (it’s steep but short!). When you reach a sleepy village surrounded by gorgeous, scenic landscape, then you’ve made it. Locals will usually organize a demonstration for you if you ask around.

As a way to really support this social enterprise, be prepared to buy some souvenirs or recompense them for their time as you view it all. They are beautiful, all-natural, and support a terrific cause. Because every item is hand made and of a high quality, and the women have taken course on how to set a fair and sustainable price for their goods, the prices reflect this and sales support the goals of their weaving co-operative.

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