The richness and quality of craftsmanship in the area have made Ayacucho known as the “Capital of Folk Art and Crafts of Peru”. Pre-Columbian artisans drew on the natural abundance of resources to create. The region was inhabited by various indigenous groups, including the Wari, Chanka, Nasca, and Inca peoples. The textiles and ceramics left behind attest to their dedication to their crafts. The Spanish arrival funneled indigenous impulses into new forms, techniques, and imagery.
Conversations about Ayacucho either drift towards its violent history or steer clear of the topic. The rise of the Shining Path insurgency in the 1980s brought violence to the countryside and the city. People were caught between the insurgents and the national military forces in a true civil war. The search continues for many of the people that disappeared during the period of ’80-’92.
It is impossible to isolate the work of Hilos y Colores from the history of conflict in the region. We provide opportunities to an area that is still recovering from years of violence, distrust and instability.