Gallery: Join Kollabora, Awamaki on a “Collaborative Crafting” Workshop in...

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Kollabora wants to be more than a social platform for do-it-yourselfers. Launched in September, the online community is also looking to forge relationships in the physical space. Its first stop? Peru's Sacred Valley, where it'll promote the spirit of collaboration and knowledge-sharing in a cross-cultural, real-world context. Scheduled for May 25, Kollabora's nine-day expedition will take 10 travelers to Ollantaytambo in the city of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage site known as the "last living Inca city." There, Kollabora will pair participants with a knitter from the outlying neighborhood of Rumira to develop a knit item through a hands-on process that will involve visiting alpaca farms, learning to spin fleece into yarn, dyeing skeins with native plants alongside Quecha weavers, and studying the local backstrap loom.

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