Aula Artesana's one day weaving workshop is the hidden gem of the Cusco region. Whether you are a professional weaver, crafter, novice or just someone enthusiastic about art and culture, you will enjoy this workshop. My husband and I spent 15 days in Peru, hiking the Inca Trail, sand-boarding in Huacachina, wildlife viewing in Tambopata, and we both agree that the one day we spent with Aula in Patcancha was the highlight of our trip. Even with the language barrier, we felt so welcome and at home with the community. It was the most authentic experience of our trip and we feel so grateful to have been able to witness and learn the process of traditional textile making from the locals. We not only brought home our own tapestries that we made (with assistance) but also 3 pieces from the community which we will cherish forever. Being able to purchase these items directly from the women who made them felt 1000x better than purchasing anything from any of the surrounding markets.
Shout out to Sonya, the owner of Aula who will also be your amazing guide/translator and her lovely dog. I wish we could have spent more time with Aula in Patacancha.