Secrets of Spinning, Weaving and Knitting in the Peruvian Highlands
By Thrums Books
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by Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez;
Winner of the 2017 Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Silver Award.
144 pages: 490 color photographs, illustrations, map, glossary, and index
Ten years after the publication of her seminal book Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands, twenty years after founding the iconic Center for Tradition Textiles of Cusco, Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez provides an inspirational new view into the world of Andean textiles. The Peruvian highlands are home to one of the world’s finest textile traditions. The native Quechua people of the region use tricks and techniques dating to pre-Inca times to create sophisticated and beautiful handspun, handwoven, and handknitted clothing and household goods. Callañaupa Alvarez has gathered artisans of all ages to share their knowledge, lore, and deep skills, highlighting many of the techniques used by spinners, weavers, and knitters of the Andes. For many of these techniques, they offer concise step-by-step instructions accessible to North American crafters. Poignant and detailed descriptions of Andean cultural traditions frame each section, providing context and rare insight into what textile work means as a living heritage of the Quechua people. Callañaupa Alvarez pays special recognition to the Young Weavers Groups who are proudly carrying forward the textile traditions of their ancestors with ingenuity and innovation.