Handmade is a celebration of our contemporary lives, a living culture and not part of a mass imposed, one size fits all, consumer culture where everything looks the same and is easily boxed up. Each of our #incabag items is about people and not machines. It is about the time effort that goes into each piece of work, it is about skill of each of us, the technical ingenuity of the maker, the magic of an individual's imagination. This holiday season choose handmade. JOIN US
Quinoa is native to the Andes Mountains of Bolivia, Chile, and Peru. This crop has been called 41 vegetable caviar or Inca rice, and has been eaten continuously for 5,000 years by people who live on the mountains plateaus and in the valleys of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile. Quinua means "mother grain" in the Inca Language. The crop was a staple food of the Inca people and remains an important food crop for their descendants. Quinoa is more than just a grain (or seed, whatever). It’s a LIFESTYLE.Here are 32 ways to eat Quinoa and Succeed in Life. http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/ways-to-eat-quinoa-and-succeed-in-life
Weaving is an ancient craft that is integral to the Incas culture high up in the Andean Mountains of Ecuador, Peru and Colombia. Women in the Andes, especially in rural areas, grow up learning how to weave from watching their mothers. This tradition is kept alive today partially because of the demand from tourism and people who enjoy buying and supporting handmade crafts. It is such a pretty sight to see the smiles of these ladies doing what they love most. ...
The indigenous people have been around for a long time. They dress distinctively. The women wear bright white shirts with embroidered flowers and long black skirts, multiple layers of gold beads around their necks, and their long, glossy hair wrapped with a ribbon in the back. Men wear black felt hats covering their long braided hair, wearing wool ponchos, and often with bright white pants. They both wear a sandal that looks like a flat espadrille. The people themselves are small – I am taller than almost every man here at 5’6″ – but they have broader chests that allow them to easily breathe at such a high altitude.