Monday 29 October 2012

A Little about the Peruvian ceramic beads industry….

Peruvian ceramic beads have a great tradition; they are made for decades to this day… the art started in the late 80’s and early 90’s when Peru economic situation was uncertain due to terrorist movement turmoil of the MRTA and The Shining Path which destabilized the country with terror violence.

The art of ceramic creation in the region lays back hundreds and hundreds of years ago from ancient civilizations in Peru like the Chavin, Moche, Chimu and of course the Incan empire. We at The Peruvian Bead Factory believe that the creativity and skills of today’s Peruvian ceramic artisans are direct heritance of the ancient past.

The late 90’s and early 2000’s were the gold period of the local ceramic beads industry, political and economic situation was stabilized and along with that the strong foreign currency gave an ideal conditions for this small industry to flourish… The city of Cusco and the village of Pisac (near Cusco city itself) were the center of this industry.

Nowadays the ceramic beads industry is suffering and is struggling to survive… the economical advance and growth of Peru economy during the last decade did not do well with the industry which relies fully on foreign purchases. Devaluated foreign currency and increasing competition from the far east, especially China and India, have decreased the demand, along with increase of local prices such as terrain and wages made the industry become very vulnerable and so the local artisans in look for different source of income find them in other local activities like commerce, construction, mining and tourism, sectors that are in constant growth that require more and more workers.

The Peruvian Bead Factory looks to preserve this fine art of Peruvian ceramic beads making and this is why we have launched our virtual store – seeking new customers and new markets.

The Peruvian Bead Factory

Kindly visit our e-store at:, we look forward seeing you.

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