Native Andean Women Weave a Future in Bolivia

Jenny Cartagena – IPS – Friday, 06 April 2012 (originally published 04 April)

Display of tradition Bolivian textiles
Traditional Bolivian textiles. Image: Psyberartist/CC BY 2.0

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia, Apr 4, 2012 (IPS) – Their skill and dexterity in weaving textiles, to be worn on festive occasions or displayed in windows for sale to tourists, have become the mainstay of indigenous women and their families in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

“We have always been discriminated against, because we are regarded as not contributing economically, but this is going to change now that we are organised. Our abilities with yarn were never valued, even though many women are highly professional weavers,” Severina Aguayo, a 25-year-old peasant farmer and weaver, told IPS.

Aguayo lives in the ayllú or traditional indigenous community of Chalviri, in Bolívar province, at an altitude of 4,000 metres above sea level, in the central region of Cochabamba, whose capital city bears the same name . . .

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