The connection that we have with artisans and producers from across the region has led us to create a space in which we celebrate and showcase a small sample of the traditions and culture of the Chachapoyas area, as well as the general wealth of the Amazon.
QHATU, a Quechua word for market, was created as a way to connect you with our artisans and producers. Here, you can find an assortment of original pieces created through ancestral traditions that have been passed along for generations. Ceramic pieces from different provinces, cotton and wool weavings made using traditional back-strap looms, wooden sculptures, and jewelry made with local seeds are some of the many hand-made treasures you can find here.
We introduce you to Clotilde Alva de Puscán, a distinguished woman who was granted recognition as a person of Peruvian Cultural Merit by the Peruvian Government in 2014. The praise her art receives today fills us with pride, as it not only represents important aspects of our history and culture, but also a solid relationship with the environment. Today, her daughter – Marlita Puscan – carries on the legacy, creating both unique decorative and utilitarian pieces full of beautiful details. Their workshop in Huancas is also open to those interested in learning and participating in this art.
Miguel Huamán comes from a family of woodcarvers. Nonetheless, he did not discover his vocation until after an expedition to the famed Lagoon of the Condors, where he had the chance to observe the wooden sculptures that were found with the 200 perfectly conserved Chachapoya mummies retrieved from the site. These sculptures stimulated his imagination and roused his interest in recreating them. Today, Huaman spends his time creating impressive, nationally and internationally celebrated sculptures from his workshop in Leymebamba. He is also known for his commitment to sustainability, planting trees to compensate for the impact of his work.
Olinda has been proudly working the backstrap loom since she was 12 years old. Meticulous and detail oriented, Olinda is equally dedicated to each step of her process. The creations begin with the selection of the material – ideally being cotton from her very own garden –, followed by the selection of colors and iconography that reference the Chachapoya culture and its history. The skill and finishings of these weavings are stunning!
Riquelme Chuquimia is the teacher in charge of promoting the reinforcement of cultural identity for the children of the Educational Institution for Minors Nº 18260, in the Quelucas annex, within the Jalca district. He has designed a project that looks to incorporate the inherited knowledge surrounding traditional wool spinning, natural dying, and the use of the backstrap loom. Through this he aims to preserve this tradition in the Amazon, while simultaneously contributing to the economic growth for rural families.
At a young age, Gerald – a creative artisan from the Tingo district within the Luya province – fell in love with the walnut tree. His father was a wood craftsman, teaching Gerald to value carving and creating. Now-a-days Gerald has developed his own unique style, which he showcases in a delightful assortment of serving trays, boxes, lamps, and furniture. His original pieces have received much international and national praise, bringing pride to the Amazon.
Pottery and ceramics have been a part of Buenacentura’s life from a young age. She learned from her mother, and now takes pride in teaching her daughters. Coming from a family of celebrated traditional art ambassadors, each piece she produces is done entirely by hand, reflecting the constant contact and underlying respect she has with the surrounding nature. Buenaventura is always happy to share and teach her art to those interested.
Awajun ceramics were declared National Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2017 due to their artistic and cultural value, as well as being an expression of the regional ancestral worldview. Each piece is completely natural, and created by local women dedicated to their history and culture. Both the ceramics and the jewelry made by this community communicate an incomparable relationship with nature and the amazing local biodiversity. The colors and shapes are stunning!
The Amazon region has the most Private Conservation Areas (ACP) in all of Peru. These are kept by communities and/or families who adamantly believe in environmental conservation and in finding ecologically friendly alternatives to promote sustainable development. The Rimarachin family and their ACP Berlin Forest, located in Bagua Grande, is a wonderful example of this.
These lovers of nature and of rural living have spent the last few years producing top-quality, organic products, like: raw cane sugar, different types of honey, nature beverages, etc. They are also willing to open the door to their home and teach visitors about the importance of being close to nature, while sharing unforgettable moments. The Rimarachin family is – without a doubt – an inspiring example of organization, drive, and commitment.
With an undeniable connection to the nature and culture that surround her, Sandra finds inspiration in every corner of her country. Her passion for the Chachapoyas culture is evident in the collection she has created in their honor. After moving to the Amazon some years ago, she is also inspired by the local flora, producing stunning pieces that reflect it. Committed to working with recycled silver, Sandra’s environmental conscience is admirable.
Iris’ passion is to create crochet figures and details inspired by the beauty of nature, and to raise awareness around the protection of it. By making stuffed animals inspired by yellow-tailed wooly monkeys and spectacled bears, for example, she hopes to incentivize the preservation of these species. She is also attracted to the Chachapoyas culture, its figures and symbolism. Thanks to her dedication and patience, she is able to produce noteworthy creations.
The Amazon is world recognized for its ideal coffee growing environment. The beans are generally grown in the Rodríguez de Mendoza province, where skilled coffee growers select the best grains in order to provide the market with a top-quality product. Indulge and take home some of the local flavor and aroma of Amazonian coffee.
Isabel learned the wool spinning techniques and all they entails from her mother, who was happy to pass along the family tradition. From a young age, the curious Isabel has been dedicated to improving her technique and developing her creativity. Detail-oriented and passionate, she creates pieces that communicate her culture and pride, infusing them with her personal style. In addition, “La Huayaquita” looks to employ and empower women from Leymebamba.
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