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    Translate rich Peruvian textiles into viable, sustainable and beautiful contemporary designs that foster cultural vitality and economic developme… Read More
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Design Aid and the Q’enco Project
 
Fostered a new form of economic sustainability to a Peruvian village of 275 people through handmade textiles. Analyzed and reviewed the existing production methods identifying innovative ways to enhance the quality of the material. Researched colour trends, patterns and textiles in the Canadian market targeting the Toronto lifestyle.
Translated the traditional Peruvian textile history into a 12 piece contemporary collection and showcased it to an international audience through exhibitions and presentations.
Weavers: Cerila Chaucca, Esedora Paucor, Lordes Chaucca & Martina Huaman
Material: Sheep wool & natural dyes
Size: 54” x 83”
Year: 2006
Item #: Q-1002


Weavers: Cerila Chaucca, Lordes Chaucca, Martina Huama, Rosa Chaucca, Saturnilla Chaucca & Santusa Chaucca
Materials: Sheep wool & natural dyes
Size: 85” x 107”
Year: 2006
Item #: Q-1007


Q'Enco is a small village of 60 families, located 40 km north of Cusco, Peru. Subsistence farming and the sale of hand-woven textiles largely drive the community's economy. Like many small, indigenous communities around the globe, it suffers from the effects of a global market that has not sufficiently solved the problems of economic isolation and cultural exploitation. Dependent upon a fickle tourist community, Q'Enco artisans are forced to
compete in an overly saturated local market of machine-made textiles at the expense of their artistic traditions and cultural vitality.

In support of this remote Andean community's endeavors to develop a viable and culturally-sustaining economic strategy, Design Aid (Richelle and Bao) have initiated a collaborative project with the Q'Enco Weavers' Association.

In October 2005, the two traveled to Q'Enco, Peru to meet with the Weavers' Association and to act as consultants. Together, they have implemented a series of design strategies and projects that foster confident artistic expression and technical expertise.
Exhibitions
2006 Design Exchange
2007 Harbourfront Centre
2008 Toronto Pearson International Airport
2009 Contemporary Textile Studio Co-op