Fundacion Communidad


ArtAndes is a textile design & Andean travel business based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

We are a small business devoted to the design and marketing of fine textiles from Peru. We specialize in a high quality, hand-woven flat weave. Our relationships with the weavers are close, fair, and respectful. We are able to make a positive difference in the lives of those with whom we work. Custom designed art, history and culture trips are also offered. This weaves together the textiles and their makers = cultural preservation! Please take the time to learn more about what we are doing in Peru. Gracias!


Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE  #285
Minneapolis, MN 55413
P: (651) 430-1848

Showroom Hours:
All Saturdays through May 12-4pm
Closed for Comunidad Fundrasier April 26th
(you are invited to attend
Any other time cheerfully by appt
EVERY First Thursday/monthly 5 – 9 pm 





Comunidad FUNdraiser April 26th

Partying for a cause

April 26, 2014

It's the FUNdraiser time!!! April 26th, 6-9 pm at ArtAndes.We've been told it's the most fun of any fundraiser and these folks have been to alot of them!GOURMET food provided by River Valley Catering/Westwind restaurant , live...

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What handcraft in Italy & Peru have in common

Posted April 15, 2014 @ 7:04am by Melanie

What handcraft in Italy & Peru have in common I was very fortunate to go to Italy recently. Amongst the many highlights was a visit to the Antico Setificio Florentino Silk Factory in Florence. I had a photocopied section of the Florence section of the book The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury, & Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000...

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Fundacion Comunidad has been working in the Ayacucho, Peru region since 2002. The foundation has started and supports a secondary school, six kindergarten schools, a bookmobile project, and a scholarship and nutrition program. The mission is to give the people the opportunities and tools they need to get themselves and their community out of poverty through education and nutrition. Through careful allocation of our resources, which come solely in the form of private donations, the foundation creates a self-sustaining bridge for the Indigenous people of the Andes. To learn more, please visit

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ArtAndes textiles are timeless & contemporary

The tightness of the tapestry weave creates a durable and heirloom rug. Artful and unique in look, strong and functional in performance- the rugs will become the centerpiece of a room. All natural in material- handspun sheep wool rich in lanolin, hand dyed and hand loomed.  The quality of the weave creates a durable and heirloom rug.  The designs are a combination of pre-Colombian, Midwestern and Scandinavian influences! Artful and unique in look, strong and functional in performance- the rugs will become the centerpiece of a room. There are all sizes from table runners to long floor runners, entry way, and living & dining room sizes. The tight flat weave makes these excellent for hanging as well. Five percent of rug sales is donated to Fundacion Comunidad.



We are all woven together!


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Travel Puru

This trip truly imbibes the ‘Spirit of the Andes’

A fun and lively way to experience the culture history and art of Peru. Melanie has been working and exploring Peru for 30 years, she has passion, respect and in-depth knowledge of the culture of the Andean people. The unique itineraries have great attention to detail and design. These long-term relationships create an open door into the lives and the homes of the real Peru; the non-tourist side of life. The locals welcome you as a friend, to share in their lives, while giving them a glimpse into your own. It’s the ultimate Peruvian journey, rustic and organic in nature, while meeting all the comforts and class of food and lodging along the way! A 'Spirit of the Andes' journey is "Unforgettable" in the minds of all. A trip sure to enlighten and enliven!

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Maximo Laura, South America’s most preeminent weaver, has won many international fiber art awards for the complicated technique and design woven into his unique tapestries. Laura’s works of art burst with color and texture, delighting the eye with dynamic contemporary designs. Through research, Maximo has deepened his knowledge of traditional Andean design, enriching his work and teachings. You find a stimulating mix of ancient iconography with modern elements that make his tapestries come to life. Maximo Laura supports the art dept of Fundacion Comunidad and is a mentor to many.

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