There are at least 82 different indigenous language groups in South America.
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The Incan Empire is believed to have encompassed about 1/3 of South America’s population.DYK9
Amazonians invented clay pottery around 4000 BC. Before any other South American cultures.DYK8
The stick loom which is still used in many places today, was invented in the Andes region of South America between 4 and 5 thousand years ago.DYK7
In South America, families may start training children traditional weaving skills as early as 3 years of age.DYK6
The modern-day poncho is an adaptation of the traditional Inca tuni.DYK5
Llama fiber is warm like sheep’s wool but is lighter in weight and does not shrink.DYK4
The majority of weavers in Ecuador are men.DYK3
It may take a weaver up to three months to knot the fringes of a traditional paño shawl.DYK1
The Incas so highly valued fine textiles, that when conducting a census, they rated them more highly than precious metals, gemstones, ceramics, or food.DYK2
Minga Fair Trade Imports
Minga Fair Trade Imports is a Fair Trade wholesaler that works closely with South American artisans and producers to bring high quality goods to retailers all over the United States.
We seek to improve the economic lives of small producers in the southern hemisphere, create Fair Trade relationships with retail advocates in North America, and promote education for all. In the native South American language of Quechua, Minga means a community working together to benefit the whole.