Archive for the ‘Weaving’ Category

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



A fine pick is used to perfect the alignment of weft and warp threads in the fabric. Note the feathering of the edges of the designs.

Oct 24

Patan Patola: India’s Heirloom Double Ikats

As we neared the end of the narrow, dusty street in Patan, Gujarat, the quiet domestic scene belied the world-renowned workshop we sought.  A few women gathered on a first floor veranda to gossip and hang laundry while a chestnut vendor ambled by. Our destination, a modest building with a narrow corner entry, was distinguished by a



KhatKhata khadi scarf–a perfect man’s scarf.

Oct 21

The Perfect Scarf for a Man – Khadi

Now that the temperature has dropped to freezing at night, one might think my scarf pick this month would be made of a warm, luxury fiber such as alpaca or cashmere. Granted those are lovely indeed. But this past week, my dreaming has turned to the warmth of India where we had the good fortune



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




Sep 26

When Not Just Any Handwoven Towel Will Do, Go Organic

I’ve been on a slow journey to replace many household items with artisan-made ones. At the top of the list, are the functional textiles because they’re used daily. My husband, who does most of the cooking, likes to have dish towels ready to grab no matter where he is in the kitchen. Towels hang from




Sep 24

On the Cloth Road in Peru: Working with the Artisans

I left the U.S. with big goals and lots of energy towards reaching them. I came to Cusco, Peru, to gain one-on-one experience working directly with artisans and NGO’s. What I didn’t anticipate was how much opportunity and learning was to come. Design Collaboration One of my goals is to design new color palettes for



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