Part cafe, store and workshop space, Aulita would be the second store for Aula Artesana, a Cusco based company that partners with artisans. But first, a Kickstarter campaign.
There’s nothing little about Aulita. Well, sure, she’s like the little sister of Aula Artesana but with a shared upbringing based on major issues we face today: inclusivity, transparency, sustainability and social good.
Aulita is currently a Kickstarter project, with the aim to become a boutique, cafe and learning space in Cusco, Peru. This all-in-one space (the the $40,000 goal is reached) will host workshops, stock handmade products from local artisans, and allow for a supportive community based on craftsmanship to grow. In short, the space (to be located in Cusco’s Historic Center) will be a more immersive and centric version of the original locale, Aula Artesana.
A women-founded company, Aula Artesana partners with artisan communities in the highlands and jungles of Peru. This partnership results in possibilities for the artisans: Their handmade products, sold online and in the original San Blas shop, reach a market and they receive fair prices. The shop (also named Aula Artesana) has been open for about a year now, however Steph Guthridge and Sonya Radetsky, co-founders of Aula, want to open Aulita in order to bring people even closer to the things they buy and the people who make them.
“At the moment, we’re developing workshops that people can take part in in the communities and homes of our artisan partners,” Sonya told Traveling & Living in Peru. “But to make those workshops more accessible, we also want to offer them out of the space [Aulita] itself and invite our partners to come and teach here as well.”
The artisans of Aula Artesana are not the ones behind the products; rather, they are completely visible to consumers. Offering more space and increased foot traffic to move products, Aulita would be a way to further empower this network of artisans.
Aula Artesana has launched a Kickstarter to fund the future project, Aulita. To learn more about this immersive and thoughtful project, click here.
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