The Watana Weaving Collective inspires indigenous Peruvian women
to continue weaving ancestral arts and pass them into future generations
by promoting ecological stewardship through natural dyes & fibers and
creating equal financial opportunity through fair trade practices.
WHAT'S A WATANA?
Watanas, also known as San Ccapas, are traditional Andean beaded strands that symbolize Earth, Spirit, feminine & masculine, the journey of life, and a multitude of unique prayers & elements. These crafts are hand spindled out of sheep or alpaca wool, woven with a variety of colors and designs, and adorned with "the stars," which are the beads. In the Watana Women's Collective- we purchase only pieces made from natural fibers and plant dyes to promote the return of ecological stewardship with the weavers.
WHO MAKES THEM?
Indigenous Women of the high Andes are the craftswomen of these utilitarian beads. In fact, a watana is often the very first weaving that a young woman is introduced to in her life to prepare her mind & agility for the more complicated cloths. Yet, as indigenous families continue moving to the city, this ancient craft is becoming increasingly more rare. This became one of the central inspiration of the Watana Women's Collective, to encourage young women to take that first step in their weaving career and having it support their life in the modern world. Through this project weavers can know "this skill is still valuable in this day in time."
HOW CAN YOU USE THEM?
Watanas have an infinite scope of uses. Traditionally, they are worn braided in the hair and wrapped around medicine bundles. Nowadays, they can additionally be seen as:
Adornments to pillows & clothing designs
Hat bands & chin straps
Gift wrapping bows
The possibilities are endless!
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
1.) We support local indigenous women who hand-make and sell their beautiful Watanas from their home where they are able to generate income while taking care of their families.
2.) You can order wholesale bulk orders in sets of 100 Watanas - which will include packaging, shipping, beautiful info cards, and a countertop display informational. A socially and ecologically empowering investment that supports the women, our continued work, and your fair-trade business.