TEXTURES OF THE ANDES
Art Direction / Aerials / Photography
Peru, The Sacred Valley Nov/Dec 2018
“if you could choose one item that tells your origin, your history,
your civil status, what would that be?”
I bought a one-way ticket to Peru and had
one thought in my mind: “I would need a hat.”
- little did I know about them then.
4000m above the sea level, the invisible sun burns your face while the cold wind plays with your hair. Local communities across the Andes live in the tremendously hard conditions for ages. Adapted, integrated with Pachamama (Mother Earth), created “sumaq kawasay” (good life) by the harmony with nature, spirits, community and their way of life.
LAPHA (Quechua): HAT
Laphas are the unique part of the traditional outfits in the Andes. Not only do they protect women from the harsh sun in the mountains but most importantly carry crucial information for strangers: origin, civil status - and maybe few secrets that nobody would find out, anyway. LAPHAS.
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
the project was held while my stay at RESIDENCIA KAI - the art residence in The Sacred Valley
Carlos Garavito Herrera;
community from Chinchero; community from Puka Pukar;