Textile Tradition: In the Andes, women artisans use the backstrap loom for traditional woven textiles. It is a completely non-mechanised loom, the oldest form in the world. It is constructed with wood, bone and strings, easily portable and possible to be set up in the home or elsewhere. All of the textiles used in Awamaki’s bags and purses are woven on back-strap looms by women living in remote Andean communities around the Sacred Valley.
Story of the Design: The textile designs of Awamaki's coin purses were inspired by the shawls worn by our artisan partners. In Quechua, these shawls are called Lliclla, a very important and personal article for each woman. They carefully weave their own llicllas, selecting each figure and emblem to represent their own individuality and values. No two llicllas are the same as they are a visual representation of each woman. Which of our coin purses represents your style?
Artisans: Awamaki works with different cooperatives in the Patacancha and Kelkanka communities for woven textiles, it is based on a rotation system to ensure income and orders are equally distributed amongst the artisans. There are 3 cooperatives – Awac Phuna, Songuillay and Wakanquilla Kelkanca – with about 90 women artisans who partner with Awamaki to weave textiles.
Made in Peru by Awamaki, a non-for-profit working with a cooperative of Andean women who knit their way out of poverty.
Your purchase directly increases their families wellbeing and quality of life.
Alpaca graze freely and are treated as part of the family by traditional herders. Awamaki is a fair trade producer and ensures the highest ethics standard.
Keep me looking lovely:
Wipe clean with a damp cloth, dry flat
Women's sizing at Mayamiko is in line with UK standard sizing. When in doubt or if in between sizes, we recommend going one size up, as the fabric is not stretchy and the fit is snug. You are also welcome to contact us for individual product queries, and we'll do our best to help!
Women's Dual Sizing Chart
Women's t-shirt sizing
|Length (from side neck point)||66cm||68cm||70cm|
Women's lounge shorts
With a a drawstring fastening to the front and an elasticated back waist are shorts are fully adjustable. Below is a guide only.
Men's t-shirt sizing
(from side neck point)