Handwoven fabrics are the living history and cultural treasure of the Peruvian highlands. The weavers who create these extraordinary textiles are keepers of the culture and sustainers of a noble but difficult lifestyle in tune with the earth. Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands celebrates their authentic, wel-crafted work by showing:
- Varied and distinctive styles of traditional clothing
- Basics of how fabric is created, from spinning to dyeing to weaving
- The way the traditional crafts are passed from one generation to another
- Names and meaning of the myriad textile designs that reflect the culture and history of the people
- Rituals and celebrations in which woven fabrics plays such an important role
Whether you actually travel to the Cusco region or are an avid armchair traveler, Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands is your essential guide to understanding and appreciating the area’s wealth of textiles and charming, inventive weavers who create them.
Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez is founder and director of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco. She has established weaving associations throughout the Andean highlands to preserve a spendid tradition of fine handmade textiles and to promote economic development. She lives in Cusco and her native community of Chinchero with her husband and two sons.
Proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco.