Weaving is a central aspect of many indigenous traditions. It contains elements essential to their culture and worldview, showing through the movements of the fibers and the loom how to shift and move in a balanced and harmonious relationship with each other and with Mother Earth.
Lucía is a wise, glowing woman from the Amaru community in the Peruvian highlands. She is also the weaving teacher at the Kusi Kawsay School, a place where children strengthen the fabric of their traditions by learning arts that are part of their culture.
She teaches them this sacred art that involves mathematics, deep concentration, creativity and knowledge of the cosmology contained within their patterns. To weave properly the children must learn concepts like Ayni, the word for reciprocity in the Quechua language. To receive you must give. Giving and receiving is a dance, a cycle, and it is one of the keys to living in balance in the world.
We invite you to experience the wisdom of the weaving in this video of Lucia’s class.