Aymara textiles was founded by Piera Ceresa, a 27 years chilean woman. She is passionate about art, cultures and travelling. She has always had a special connection with the indigenous culture in South America specially located in the northen of Chile and southern of Perú. Piera has made multiple trips to Perú, Bolivia and the northern of Chile, experiencing these indigenous cultures first hand. On these trips she began to understand and appreciate the way of their lives and traditions. The textile tradition is an important part of their culture. What amazed her the most is the deep history and dedication behind the practice where they use it as a way to tell stories and art expression. The way they wave and the colours are used varies depending on the landscape the communities are surrounded by. The textiles are called "mantas" or "aguayos" they are used in their everyday life to go to markets, carry food, carry babies, or used as blankets and rugs.
The idea started after Piera realised that this beautiful practice is in extinction. This is mainly due to industrialisation, globalisation and technological advancement. Through these changes, cultures begin to lose their identity. The concept of AYMARA TEXTILES was born on the idea of keeping this tradition and culture alive. She works directly with the Aymara and Quechua communities to keep the tradition alive by sharing their artwork in Australia and New Zealand (where she is now based). Help us to keep old traditions alive, let's get the new generations to become involve in this practice.