I’ve been asked to write more about what I’m doing here in Peru, so here’s a quick explanation. I’m here on sabbatical from teaching to help Awamaki, which in Quechuan means hand-woven, with new designs for their woman’s co-operative. So far I have designed two new products, a yoga mat bag (big surprise!) and an infinity scarf with a hidden pocket for money and passports. I have incorporated their beautiful hand-woven textiles into these designs which can be purchased at Awamaki’s fair-trade store here in Ollanta and also online. I will also be going to the village of Patacancha to learn traditional back-strap weaving and stay with a local family for three days to learn about their community. Here’s a photo of Awamaki’s office.