This exhibition focuses on the ways in which art may enrich and empower society. Pallay, the Quechua word for pattern, signifies the cultural weight of Peruvian weaving, as well as the connection of different communities through the appreciation of traditional craft. The show combines Mode’s photographs of the remote village of Kelkanka, with textiles created by local weavers.
During the summer of 2011, Hannah Perrine Mode spent two months living in Peru, volunteering with Awamaki: a non-profit that collaborates with the town of Ollantaytambo and surrounding communities to foster enduring economic opportunities and improve social conditions. Mode worked closely with the Awamaki Weaving Project, helping impoverished Quechua women to revitalize an endangered weaving tradition, while affording financial independence through access to market.
Made possible by an Opportunity Grant from the Sudbury Foundation, and in collaboration with the Concord Art Association, proceeds from sales will benefit Awamaki, helping to continue their meaningful mission. PALLAY/PATTERN: Weaving Communities of the Sacred Valley, Peru is curated by Hannah Perrine Mode.