Archive for the ‘Peru’ Category

Dayabhai finger weaves the arrow-like pattern. Notice the colorful star motifs.

Jan 30

Hand Weaving, A Common Language Between Cultures

Seeing cloth hand woven on a foot-pedal floor loom versus on a traditional backstrap loom was a novelty. Crowds formed around the weaver, an Indian man, layered in traditional garb of light-colored cotton with a checked shawl wrapped around his neck for warmth at 12,000 ft in Cusco, Peru. I could hear excited voices, fingers



Children learn to handspin by watching their Elders.

Jan 08

Spinning Andean Stories of Handspun Yarn

Picture this. It’s my idyllic self—sitting in a comfy chair, fire roaring, basket of fleece with handspindle on the floor next to me. Now it’s snowing and the wind is howling outside. But never mind that. I’m sitting contentedly, knitting away with my handspun Peruvian alpaca yarn on a hat that I could use right



The men from Huacatinco, Peru, adorn their knitted hats and collars with beaded designs.

Dec 05

Tinkuy de Tejedores, A Gathering of Weavers, Part III

Today is the last post focused on the Tinkuy de Tejedores (The Gathering of Weavers), which took place just three weeks ago in Cusco, Peru. The event had so much richness—the garb worn by all the visiting weavers (except for us Americans who mostly wore drab clothing but accessorized with colorful scarves), two weaving demonstrations



Acopia elder Natividad Labra during Tinkuy.

Nov 28

Tinkuy de Tejedores: Part II

Come behind-the-scenes at the Tinkuy de Tejedores, (The Gathering of Weavers), which took place Nov. 12-15, 2013 in Cusco, Peru. Today’s special highlights the highland community of Accha Alta, which is north of Cusco by a few hours, and the celebration of the CTTC community elders. Accha Alta Weavers The weavers of Accha Alta are distinctive



The Convention Center's courtyard filled with weavers.

Nov 21

Tinkuy de Tejedores: A Gathering of Weavers Part I

Tinkuy de Tejedores (a Gathering of Weavers) took place last week in Cusco, Peru. The three-and-a-half days were jam packed with so much richness—from music and dancing, to learning and fellowship. It seems like the best way to share this event with you is through images. Since it’s pretty difficult to choose between the hundreds




Nov 04

On The Cloth Road in Peru: The Sallac Community

  To reach the village of Sallac, we drove on an inconspicuous dirt road outside the town of Urcos–the road climbing ever higher into the mountains. With a population of about 550 people, this simple town, in the province of Quispicanchi south of Cusco and above the Ausangate valley,  is surrounded by the beauty of



Multicolored supplementary weaving

Oct 16

On the Cloth Road in Peru: The Pitumarca Weavers

Reaching the Pitumarca weaving center is quite a lengthy drive from the city of Cusco. But knowing I would soon be with the weavers from this CTTC community made every moment worthwhile. Located in the province of Canchis in the southern region of the highlands, Pitumarca is a small town nestled at the base of



Chahuaytire girl working on scarf. Note her navy skirt with embroidery patterns and woven trim.

Oct 08

On the Cloth Road in Peru: The Chahuaytire Weaving Community

The village of Chahuaytire, situated above the town of Pisac, is as beautiful as I had imagined. This weaving community, members of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, produces some of the highest quality, naturally dyed, handwoven textiles in the region. The weavers have mastery of creating intricate color gradations using natural dyes. They utilize backstrap




Oct 05

From Laos to Peru: A Young Global Artisan Has Weaving Dreams

Do you remember the first time you traveled outside of your state, never mind out of your country or halfway around the world? Or when you attended your first weaving conference and met your “tribe” of other weavers? What about doing both and being only 20 years of age? Let me introduce you to Mone




Oct 01

On the Cloth Road in Peru: Visiting the Accha Alta Weavers

Visiting the weavers in Accha Alta this weekend greatly touched my life. Accha Alta is a small community located above the Sacred Valley just a few hours outside of Cusco.  After passing through the town of Calca, the winding road climbs past high desert foliage to this 11,750-foot-elevation mountain community. The weavers of Accha Alta



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