Come behind-the-scenes at the Tinkuy de Tejedores, (The Gathering of Weavers), which took place Nov. 12-15, 2013 in Cusco, Peru. Today’s special highlights the highland community of Accha Alta, which is north of Cusco by a few hours, and the celebration of the CTTC community elders.
Accha Alta Weavers
The weavers of Accha Alta are distinctive in their bold, vibrant red patterning of their textiles, dyed with cochineal. Mantas are worn by women and ponchos by men. They are also well known for the knitting of “bobble” hats. These special hats, generally made for children, are decorated with textural popcorns (qurpu).
Exhibit Opening Faces of Tradition and Beyond the Stones of Machu Picchu
An honoring of the community of Elders, featured in a new book published by Thrums Books with CTTC as co-publisher, took place at the Machu Picchu Museum. The evening was a tribute to them and was filled with special music, dance, and other celebratory goodness.
*Faces of Tradition: Weaving Elders of the Andes by Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez and Christine Franquemont with photography by Joe Coca. An intimate look into the lives of the keepers of the cloth.
*Beyond the Stones of Machu Picchu; Folk Tales and Stories of Inca Life by Elizabeth Conrad VanBuskirk with illustrations by Angel Callañaupa Alvarez. Angel is Nilda’s brother and he too received special recognition.
Both books are available through the ClothRoads store.
An exhibit of the Elders portraits from this book will open at Joe Coca’s photography studio in Fort Collins, CO this Friday Dec 6, 2013 from 5-9 p.m. It runs through Dec 12 from 11-6 p.m. ClothRoads will also be hosting a sale of global artisan textiles with a special emphasis on the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, Peru. Address: Joe Coca Photography, 429 E Magnolia, Fort Collins CO 80524.