Posts Tagged ‘Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco’

Oct 08

On the Cloth Road in Peru: The Chahuaytire Weaving Community

Chahuaytire shows off their dyeing skills with gradient colors.→ Read more

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→ Read more

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.→ Read more

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.→ Read more

Sep 17

On the Cloth Road in Peru: A Wedding in Chinchero

My second weekend in Peru held a surprise and delight –I had the honor of attending a Peruvian wedding, which coincided with the traditional celebration, Santa Rosa de Lima, in the town of Chinchero. The bride and groom, Lydia and Jorge, decided to marry on  this holiday after being asked to host→ Read more

Sep 09

On the Cloth Road in Peru: An Intern’s Journey

I recently moved to the Highlands of Peru for three months as a volunteer for the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC).  CTTC is an NGO  started in 1996, with a mission to preserve the textile traditions. Serving ten different weaving villages and about 450 artisans,  CTTC provides them→ Read more

Aug 08

New Book Tells Stories of Life-Changing Artistry

Carmella Padilla is the author of The Work of Art: Folk Artists of the 21st Century, a breathtakingly beautiful tribute to the first decade of the International Folk Art Market, to all of the artists whose long journeys brought them to Santa Fe, and to the ways that folk art→ Read more

May 23

Cochineal: The Royal Red of Natural Dyes

What do the British Redcoats, Cardinal Red, Incan ‘blood’ Red have in common? All of these “royal” red cloths obtain their natural-dye colorant from the small insect cochineal (Dactylopius coccus)—its size about a grain of Arborio rice. Living on cacti, primarily in the Oaxaca area of Mexico and between the→ Read more

Apr 18

Weaving On the Edge in the Peruvian Highlands

Breathless. That’s what I was after dancing at 13,000 feet in the highland weaving village of Sallac, Peru. How could I refuse the outstretched, gnarled hand of an elder, who smiled and gestured that I too should join in the festivities. Last week was the Sallac community’s 8th anniversary of→ Read more

Mar 01

Charmed by Ñawi Awapa, a Peruvian Tubular Weaving

Ñawi Awapa, a woven tubular edging→ Read more