Hilos y Colores featured on Enlace Nacional

Hilos y Colores (Threads and Colors), the Ayacucho artisan cooperative run by husband and wife team Meche Yauri and Faustino Flores, is featured here by Enlace Nacional.

Meche and Faustino founded Hilos and Colores 15 years ago to help their rural home community of Vinchos, which was hit particularly hard in the 1980s and early 1990s by political violence. They, like many of their neighbors, were forced to flee the cross fire of government security forces and Maoist Shining Path guerrillas, settling in the city of Ayacucho, the provincial capital.

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Traditional weaving in Pacchu, Vinchos Province, Ayacucho

Both extremely talented artisans, the couple decided to share their knowledge of art with women’s groups to help rebuild their war-torn community. They offer technical assistance and training in washing, spinning, dyeing, and weaving to provide work and extra income to the women.

The export quality shawls, sweaters, blankets and stuffed animals they produce are sold in their boutique on Ayacuchos’ main plaza, in a colonial mansion, downstairs from ViaVia Café & Hotel (Portal Constitución 4 Plaza de Armas).

Hilos and Colores also works closely with our friends from Maki International.

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Authored by: Rick Vecchio

Rick Vecchio, Fertur’s director of development and marketing, was educated at the New School for Social Research and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He worked for Pacifica Radio WBAI and as a daily reporter for newspapers in New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts. Then in 1996, he decided it was time to realize a life-long dream of traveling to Peru. He never went back. While serving as Peru country manager for the South American Explorers from 1997-1999, he fell in love with Fertur's founder, Siduith Ferrer, and they married. Over the next six years, he worked as a correspondent for The Associated Press. Meanwhile, Siduith built the business, which he joined in January 2007. Now he designs custom educational and adventure tour packages for corporate and institutional clients, oversees Fertur’s Internet platform and occasionally leads special trips, always with an eye open for a good story to write about.

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