These rugs are woven by families that have been weaving for generations. These families were driven out of the Highlands in the 1980’s by guerrillas and have made a home near Lima city. They have little to no material possessions or government support and are supported fully by their weaving skills.
The selected color poms for the rug must be matched. The dyer creates the dye and matches sample yarn until the right color is achieved. The correct quantity of yarn is then dyed.
Once the yarn is ready, it is driven to the road’s end and then carried the remainder of the way to the weaver’s home. It’s approximately a 15 minute walk up a steep hill. This photo is taken from the weaver’s home.
The weaver’s wife and grown son live with him and also weave. The looms were handed down to him by his father, who taught him how to weave. The looms are set up in their home, which consists of a room for weaving, and a small room for sleeping.
Once the rug is complete, it is carried down this hill to the road. It is driven into Lima, where the rug is inspected for quality and shipped to the client.