Posts Tagged ‘CTTC’

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

Mar 01

Charmed by Ñawi Awapa, a Peruvian Tubular Weaving

Ñawi Awapa, a woven tubular edging→ Read more

Feb 21

Fine Handknitting in the Peruvian Highlands

“Are you sure you want to learn? Do you think you have the patience? People of your age are not interested in traditional things like knitting a chullo (hat).”→ Read more

Jun 25

Capturing Peruvian Highlanders’ Village Dress

When the squat woman bent over, my maker’s hands and prying eyes wanted to look at each layer of her underskirt. The delicate lace and sateen-looking fabric poked out from under the top skirt of woven black wool with a simple tapestry border . But under it, every layer was→ Read more

May 03

Capturing the Past in Cusco, Peru

Nilda Callañaupa→ Read more

Sep 29

Peruvian Handspun Alpaca

Sep 28

Pitumarca Spindle Bags

Drive an hour or so south from Cusco, then head left up a steep dirt road with countless switchbacks, and eventually you come to the village of Pitumarca. The weaving center here, Centro de Tejedores Munay Ticlla de Pitumarca, is lively and productive. Young girls sit together learning traditional patterns→ Read more