In this short film, we meet women weavers in the remote town of Patacancha, a Quechua community in southern Peru where weaving is one of the oldest human skills. The backstrap loom has been around for more than 10,000 years. Today, this ancient process meets the 21st-century marketplace as the women of Patacancha create beautiful textiles in the Incan style for consumers across the globe.


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