By Erin Faltermeier, Sustainable Tourism Volunteer

We are proud to present our new line for Fall 2014! From our resident designers to the Quechua weavers and knitters to the seamstresses in our studio, we have all worked hard to create a line that highlights the expressive storytelling power of Andean textiles in fashion forward products. Many of these items can now be found on our online store for fall and holiday sales.

This year we have refreshed the color palate for our knitwear products and increased the consistency of our color and pattern guides for our woven textiles. Head of Design Ivy Thompson explains, “In these changes we seek to refine our work to create minimalist designs that bridge the gap between local production and an international marketplace.”

New products this season include the Hillary Cowl, a luxurious scarf knitted from naturally colored, undyed sheep’s wool that is hand-spun by the women of the Huilloc cooperative. The collection also includes the Hannah bag, a stunning combination of form and function that highlights the aesthetic of the textiles in a functional over-the-shoulder design.

Given our location near Machu Picchu and the many travelers who pass through our lives, Awamaki’s designers also drew inspiration for the collection from the spirit of travel. This led to the inclusion of many traveler-friendly features, such as the convenient passport pocket featured in the Pam Scarf.

In this new line, the designers and artisans of Awamaki have once again created pieces that connect conscientious consumers to the ancient art of Andean textiles through fashionable designs.

Erin Faltermeier is interning with the Sustainable Tourism program for three months before returning to her home state of Virginia to graduate from the College of William and Mary in May. She likes to distract herself from thinking about what she will do for the rest of her life by taking long scenic hikes around Ollanta.