2020 was a very difficult year for the artisans of Peru. We were under a strict quarantine for over eight months. The tourism industry here has totally collapsed. Since there was no place for artisans to sell their beautiful treasures, many of them turned to farming. Others came close to starvation.
Since the quarantine ended last December, most of the artisan’s markets are still closed, as well as about 80% of the local businesses who have not reopened. In 2021, many borders are still closed and traveling to Peru has been only for the very committed ones. Because of this, we are making an effort to support as many artisans as we can. In the remote communities high up in the mountains, people have had no way to sell their weavings. In our small community, weavers from the isolated mountain villages only accessible by walking were invited to have a weaving fair and we were able to purchase some very special items from them. We have been trying to help the people in any way we can.
This is why the AN•Mercado is so full of wondrous new items. It’s not just a normal shopping experience here. By buying some of these beautiful treasures, it helps us to help the local artisans by buying more from them. And it helps support us at the Heart of AN since all our visitors and events were cancelled. Your support is deeply appreciated!
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Here, we offer you special treasures which resonate with the energy of the New Reality of AN. Everything you see in this Mercado is physically located at the Heart of AN in Peru and is aligned with the true AN energy.
We have expanded our AN Mercado at this time for several reasons.
We want to make available to our Family of AN special objects which can serve as touchstones of the New Reality. These will help you to incorporate the New Reality into your every day lives.
Each of these items carries the energy of the New Reality of AN, as well as the tradition and craftmanship of the descendants of the Incas who made them. Bright, colorful treasures to help us remember who we really are.
We would like to pay off the personal loans we received to buy our new AN•Sonqo Sanctuary Land as quickly as possible.
We are always raising money to make improvements at the Heart of AN. This includes creating an organic vegetable garden and possibly building a new guest house.
Providing financial support to sustain the Heart of AN so we can turn our focus to writing new books, making videos and other creative projects to expand the energy of the New Reality of AN.
We love supporting the local artisans by buying their work at a fair price and encouraging them to continue weaving to keep alive the codes.
Everything in the AN•Mercado has been hand picked with great love, mainly by Solara, who has a deep appreciation for world treasures which anchor the much needed energy of beauty and authenticity. She cherishes her interactions with the very real people who make and sell them and has a deep respect for all true artisans.
Solara’s Cards of AN
Special Weavings for the Cards of AN
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Handwoven Pillow Covers
Weavings from Peru