"I don't believe in charity: I believe in solidarity. Charity is vertical, so it is humiliating. It goes from top to bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other and learns from the other." - Eduardo Galeano - Uruguayan writer.
Inspired by her own experiences of Perú, PUCHKA Folk Art/Textiles/Market Tours was founded by tapestry weaver, textile designer and Fair/Ethical Trade advocate Sasha McInnes. Sasha was raised in Perú and as a young woman, she learned to spin, dye and weave in a number of textile villages in the Andes. Since the founding of PUCHKA in 1997, Sasha has been dedicated to offering itineraries that inspire and build bridges between tour participants from abroad and their counterparts in Perú.
Maestro Máximo Laura is an award winning tapestry weaver, recognized as one of Peru’s most renowned textile artists with more than 140 exhibitions in 29 countries, known worldwide for his intricate designs, vibrant use of color and the creation of textures within his works. He is also a consultant, designer and lecturer on art and contemporary Andean textile design. In 2010, Maestro Máximo Laura was designated a Human Living Treasure; this important award is given following UNESCO guidelines, to an artist whose role has been to preserve and elevate the culture of their homeland. , educate and communicate the beautiful work of Peruvian textile and folk artists and; on opening closed doors for tour participants which lead to some of the more renowned and highly skilled spinners, dyers, weavers, knitters, braiders, embroiderers and gourd engravers in her beloved Perú.
Maestro Laura has worked many years with PUCHKA Perú, responsible for the Tapestry Weaving Workshops; teaching PUCHKA participants from all around the world his personal weaving techniques and sharing his knowledge about Andean textile traditions. He is also our host during the Ayacucho / Huamanga Tour, guiding us through the city of his birth and sharing with all of us his knowledge of the culture, arts and traditions of Ayacucho/Huamanga.
*PUCHKA/PUSHKA are the Quechua words for a drop spindle in the Andes. There are others, depending on the region of the country.