We love being able to share our success with organisations devoted to improving and enriching people’s lives through better health, education and a healthy environment. Our deep ties to South America have deepened our appreciation for the wonderful people who live there, as well as for the incredible arts of Peru that not only sparked our brand but continue to provide us with so much design inspiration.
Both Peru’s people and its arts need our support and protection. We will continue to invest in organisations like the two we’ve featured below that bring experience, expertise and commitment to their own efforts to help people through better health and learning. If you would like to join us in supporting these groups, please contact them to learn how you can help.
Since 1999, Pro Mujer has helped Peruvian women rise above the poverty line by offering them access to credit, basic business training and affordable healthcare services. Due to the fact that a staggering 70% of Peruvian women work in precarious conditions with low incomes and without access to social benefits, operating a small business is often a woman’s best means of supporting a family.
These women are willing to invest the long hours necessary to operate and grow their businesses, but without access to capital, their business has little chance of survival, let alone growth. Pro Mujer helps women develop a sense of empowerment and dignity—qualities that enable them to improve their small businesses and provide more financially secure futures for their families.
253 West 35th Street 11th Floor New York, NY 10001 PH: 646-626-7000
Located in Washington, D.C., the Textile Museum is one of the world’s foremost specialized art museums, dedicated to celebrating global achievements in textile arts. It is committed to its role as a centre for scholarly research, conservation, interpretation and exhibition of textiles.
The Museum’s collections represent the textile traditions of non-Western cultures. Inclusive of over 16,000 objects, the collections span 5,000 years, dating from 3,000 B.C. to the present. The museum’s collections of pre-Hispanic Peruvian, Islamic, Indian and Coptic textiles are among the finest in the world, as is its Oriental carpet collection.
The Textile Museum also has significant holdings of Indonesian, Central American, Turkish, Persian and Greek textiles. In order to present exhibitions and programs year after year, The Textile Museum relies on the ongoing generosity of members and friends. Gifts can be made to support general operating expenses, or one of the Museum’s many special projects.
George Washington University Museum/ Textile Museum 701 21st Street, NW Washington, DC 20052 PH: 202-994-5200 museum.gwu.edu
This non-profit organisation was established in 1996 to revive and preserve Incan textile traditions and to provide support for the regional weaving communities. Their focus is on marketing fine quality weavings, ensuring the future of the craft and educating locals and visitors on the value of this rich cultural tradition.
The CTTC supports groups of weavers in nine Peruvian communities by organising weaving centres, helping the weavers hone their skills and learn to reproduce the complex designs and techniques of their Incan ancestors, and then marketing their work through retail channels to drive demand for these fine pieces.
The weaving communities are spread throughout Cusco and include Chinchero, Pitumarca, Chahuaytiri, Accha Alta, Patabamba, Mahuaypampa, Sallac, Santo Tomas and Acopia.
Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco Avenida Sol 603 Cusco-Perú email: firstname.lastname@example.org