Catherine Joslyn “Children of the Inca,” and Nilda Callañaupa, “Weaving Traditions in the Cusco Region”.
6:30 PM Thursday, January 9, 2013
Atkins Auditorium, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Nilda Callañaupa, founder/director of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, Peru, and a well-known teacher and speaker, will be in Kansas City to present a joint lecture with event organizer Cathie Joslyn, on January 9 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art at 6:30. Andean Express will play folk music from the region before and after the talk. The event location is Atkins Auditorium. A happy hour will be in progress, and those who arrive early can view current and permanent exhibits.
CTTC’s mission is to preserve, improve, and continue textile traditions of the highest quality, as well as to benefit the lives of the weavers and their families through fair trade sales. CTTC textiles, on exhibit at the Mattie Rhodes Gallery on 17th St. at Belleview, are made of handspun wool and alpaca in natural colors, woven on backstrap looms or knitted, following ancient traditions. In addition to weaving patterns, Callañaupa has revived the use of dyestuffs gathered in the fields. She meets students after school to encourage them in learning the traditions from their elders. Since childhood her life’s mission has been to preserve the rich textile tradition of Cusco as she noticed that many weaving techniques were in danger of dying off with their elderly practitioners. Through her investigations and the vehicle of tourism studies, she established a basis for building towards the CTTC’s status as a textile center, non-profit shop, and museum. Now ten remote communities in southern Peru are members of CTTC. “They must organize and elect a president,” in order to join says Callañaupa. She personally travels to each community on a regular basis to teach, train, and encourage them in their endeavors. Tourists are welcome to arrange visits to the communities on workshop days.
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