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Knitting plastic Wiphalas in Peru

Aymar Ccopacatty (Aymara), NMAI Artist Leadership Program (ALP) participant, tells his personal story of the environmental impact on Puno, Peru, of all-too-commonly discarded commercial plastic bags, and shows how picking them up, washing them, and using them to knit things can teach patience, share heritage, and open up new markets for Aymara and Quechua artisans.

Aymar’s Youth Public Art Project created a large knit-plastic Wiphala, the flag and symbol of Andean identity, to hang at the local bus terminal for all to see. His project brings environmental awareness while maintaining and celebrating traditional ways.