Q’ente runs a number of different projects and initiatives that help communities in the Peruvian Andes to revitalize their traditional cultural practices while sustaining their economy and the environment.
Monthly Community Visits
Mosqoy and Q’ente are committed to sustaining long-term personal relationships with our partner associations. As a result, our Community Liaison and additional Mosqoy representative(s) travels monthly to each community for meetings. The meetings are a forum for both sides to relay news, share photos, and discuss future projects and goals. We always bring an “offering” of bread and cheese as a sign of respect and humility, in exchange for their hospitality of receiving us in their homes.
It is also the occasion during which Q’ente may place or pick up an order of textiles to be sold in Canada.
Mosqoy holds an Encuentro, or gathering of weavers, every spring. This is a fun, one-day activity which allows members of each of the 9 weaving associations to get together, share experiences and learn from one another. The location of the event changes every year, with each community taking turns as “host”. The activities during the day include a tour of the community, presentations from each of the participating groups (including Mosqoy), and plenty of food! In the coming years, we hope to supplement the Encuentro with additional hands-on workshops, such as dyeing with natural dyes, approaches to pricing textiles, and specific weaving techniques.
Community Development Projects
Using the profit earned from Q’ente’s textile sales, we help coordinate projects in each of the communities which are designed to help improve the quality of life in the community or help the weaving association accomplish its goals.
This is a collaborative program jointly administered by the Textile Department and the Andean Youth Department. The objective is to provide a way for the students to give back to the weaving communities through volunteer service, in exchange for the opportunity to learn about their cultural practises (with an emphasis on traditional weaving), and experience life in these rural communities.