Archive for the ‘Peru’ Category

Warm handmade bread is a welcome treat for the highland children.

Dec 18

A Peruvian Tradition Brings Joy to the Children of Weavers

A toy, a rare treat of hot chocolate mixed with oatmeal, a piece of traditional Christmas bread – these simple gifts can make the holiday joyful for children of the weavers of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, Peru (CTTC). Known as Chocolatada, this gifting is a Peruvian tradition.→ Read more
Fermina Cjuno learned the value of spinning and weaving from her mother.These skills provided a means of survival.

Dec 04

Andean Handspinners Are Master Makers

It’s the time of year when the pressure mounts for us makers. We so desire to gift someone with something made by hand that we start knitting or spinning or sewing or “fill-in-the-blanks” right about now. And if the gift is an accessory, there’s time to complete it. Or if→ Read more
Note the strings of grutas hanging down from the hat.

Nov 20

Handknitting Peruvian Hats in the Highlands

It’s like reading braille except it’s knitted versus punched. Called grutas  meaning lumps, this distinctive handknitting technique produces a textural stitch like none other. The hats, designed and knit by the women and men of the Accha Alta community in the Peruvian Highlands high above the Sacred Valley, are a→ Read more
This lush book by Catherine Legrand with over 500 examples of indigo textiles is captivating and informative.

Oct 16

Indigo: The Color Which Will Change Your World

Is there another dye that holds such deep, almost magical, powers as indigo? One that is called by so many names, such as ai (Japan), landian (China), chàm (Laos and Vietnam), nila ( India), gara (Africa), or añil (Central America)? One that beckons the spirits or causes mutinies?→ Read more
A view of Machu Picchu in the morning hours.

Oct 09

Go Beyond Textile Armchair Travel

It’s my annual fall ritual–I buy next year’s calendar and stare at all those blank days, days of potential for travel, ClothRoads trunk shows, conferences, exhibits, and the challenge to fit it in with work and volunteer time. It’s the time of year that countries, rich in textile-making traditions, beckon→ Read more
Peruvian belts, known as chumpis, come in a variety of patterns, widths, and lengths.

Aug 07

5 Ideas with Steps for Displaying Narrow, Long Textiles

Displaying textiles, especially narrow, long ones such as bands and braids, can be a challenge. Dangling them over a rod is an easy solution, but not very attractive. Plus, there are visual and conservation considerations: A proper mount needs to account for any inherent weakness in the textile, be aesthetically→ Read more
The Folk Art Market banners rise above the crowds.

Jul 24

The Splendors of the Santa Fe Folk Art Market

Last week we returned from the yearly “pilgrimage” to the Santa Fe Folk Art Market. This year’s market felt especially fresh, mostly attributable to a third of the artisans being first-timers which meant new textile treats and new friends. Imagine these new artisans being in the U.S. for the first→ Read more
Nilda Callañaupa from CTTC raises cochineal-dyed yarn after a successful dye day in Acopia, Peru.

Jul 03

Celebrate Natural Dyes Red, White, and Blue

Celebrate the Fourth with natural dyes explosion of color–crimson red from cochineal, white (how natural, no dye needed), and blue from indigo. Early Americans used natural dyes to create the flag’s signature red stripes and blue canton.→ Read more
The men from Sallac knitting traditional hats. Note that they are also wearing knitted vests.

Jun 12

Men at Work: Knitting and Weaving in Peru

Chahuaytire man knitting a traditional multicolored alpaca/wool hat.→ Read more
Dayabhai finger weaves the arrow-like pattern. Notice the colorful star motifs.

Jan 30

Hand Weaving, A Common Language Between Cultures

Peruvian weavers watching Dayabhai weave his traditional motifs. Note the checked shawl around his neck.→ Read more

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