Monday, May 3, 2010

Women in Peru

The photos in this blog represent different women in Peru. How different we all are!

These two young girls, dressed in their native costume and with flowers in their hair, wander through the markets offering themselves for photos for the price of one Peruvian sol. Note the puppy being held by the older girl. On one hand it is exploitation but on the other it does provide some form of family income. Most children, when not in school, are out there hawking, helping in stalls, or making some contribution to family survival. So so different to our western children most of whom would insist on their right to play with expensive toys instead (including cellphones!).

This little lass was an incredible ambassador for her country. I wandered over to a small church in the square in Agues Calientes, the Machu Picchu Village. She met me at the door, took my hand, and escorted me into the church, down the aisle and into a pew. All the time she chatted away in her language and I responded in mine. She then showed me around the church. We continued our 'conversation', neither of us understanding a word each other said. Her grandfather was working in the church at the time. She was pure delight.

And the tourist in Peru. Me visiting a sacred Inca site high up in the hills. The town of Pisac in the valley below.

Tour organised by Lifestyle Journeys.

I am now beginning to contemplate new work. I have prepared one large piece of fabric. I also have several ideas that need test samples to work through processes.


  1. What a beautiful little girl in green -- and in fact, the other little ones are beautiful, too. Heartbreaking that they are working at such a young age. On the other hand, your point is well taken about our own spoiled children. There has to be a happy medium!
    Wonderful trip for inspiration - look forward to seeing what you do with it!

  2. What a wonderful adventure. The children are so special, what precious faces. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

  3. Sometimes a trip to a country that is less fortunate is a good reminder for our children on how good they have it. My 15 year old daughter has just been in India on a mission trip with school. It was a huge eye opener and very humbling!