The Heritage Initiative

Heritage activities are vital to local economies. In fact, behind agriculture, artisan activity is the second largest employer in the developing world, with millions of individuals dependent on this work. In many developing regions the heritage sector helps to create jobs, champion economic development, and build connections to the global marketplace that empower the disenfranchised.

The TreadRight Heritage Initiative lends its support to the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise. Together, TreadRight and the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise will support cultural traditions that preserve the unique richness and diversity of people and place in Europe and South America through a small grants program for artisan enterprises.

Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti

Fascinated and inspired by the textiles, Brozzetti founded a workshop/school dedicated to the production of high-quality artistic textiles for the home. Since that time, a passion for the art of hand-weaving textiles on antique wooden looms has been passed down through the generations of the Brozzetti family, from mother to daughter, with each generation personalizing the production according to her own inspiration. Four generations later, the Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti is one of the few remaining traditional frame hand weaving workshops in Italy. 

Today, the workshop is located inside the Church of San Francesco delle Donne in the medieval city of Perugia, Italy.

The fabrics are woven using the original antique looms and following the same traditional techniques Giuditta Brozzetti helped to ensure were carried on nearly a century ago. The patterns they produce are reminiscent of great medieval and renaissance textile traditions in Italy, and particularly in the Umbria region.

Experience this cultural insight on our Italy Bellissimo 11-day tour.

Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco

Officially established in 1996, the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco (CTTC) employs more than 500 individuals from the Cusco, Peru region. Encouraging the continuation of the 10,000-year-old Andean textile tradition, and to provide support to those working in this heritage industry, the CTTC began as a collective group of weavers in the 1980s. The CTTC aims to maintain this longstanding Peruvian tradition of weaving in the face of changing times.

For some time, the younger generation of Peruvians has been shifting away from traditional weaving. Due in large part to globalization, the town of Chinchero, Peru has undergone a number of drastic changes in recent years and many of the traditional ways of life were being lost with each new generation. Knowledge and practice of cultural touchstones such as language, land management traditions and ritual practices have been severely affected by the progress of time and disconnection with traditional culture.

This prompted CTTC founder Nilda Callanaupa to take proactive steps in order to maintain her cultural heritage while also providing employment to people in her region. Nilda’s dream is to reinvigorate her community through the traditional weaving organization with the income generated for community members to be used for education, to improve housing and to provide medical care.

Experience this cultural insight on either our Highlights of Peru 8-day tour or our Treasures of the Incas 12-day tour.

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