Imagine making hot chocolate for ten villages—over 650 weavers and their families. That’s what will be underway this next week in the highland weaving villages of Cusco, Peru, as they celebrate the tradition of Chocolatadas. Every year, the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC), visit the villages and provide yummy hot chocolate along with bread, toys, and festivities, all enjoyed by many children along with their families, including the elderly who have been abandoned, neglected, or are alone.
Other Traditions, Young Weavers Doing It
Traditions take many forms and with CTTC, it takes all these villages to nurture and sustain the textile arts and pass their cultural heritage on to the children. Over the past three years, the CTTC’s Young Weavers Program has grown. Now with over 200 girls and boys, all learning the traditional arts from their elders and each other. For 2019, they have a big goal. They have chosen to organize and host their own cultural gathering, Encuentro Cultural, by Young Weavers and for Young Weavers. This event will be a significant opportunity for them to come together to share their village and textile traditions, network, bond, and have a good time exploring their culture together.
Double Your Impact
During this season of gifting, ClothRoads will be supporting these traditions by making its annual donation in support of the Young Weavers Program. Andean Textile Arts, a U.S. 501c3., has a matching grant right now so anything you give will be doubled! If you donate now through December 21, two donors have offered a $1,000 match on donations made to the Young Weavers Groups specifically. You can also make a tax-deductible donation online at www.andeantextilearts.org and specify funding for young weavers or chocolatadas.
A Season in Support of Artisans
Thank you for supporting the artisans, especially during this gifting season. Gifts made by the hands of artisans are ones treasured for a lifetime. We wish you good cheer during this season of light and love from all of us at ClothRoads. And if you want to share some Peruvian hot chocolate, it’s usually made with cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, condensed milk, and water.
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And just in case you haven’t finished your holiday shopping we just added new items from The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco to the ClothRoads online store.