Las Tradiciones Viven: The Next Generation of Weavers

November 21, 2018
by Linda Ligon
One of the biggest concerns, for those of us who love and work with indigenous textiles from around the world, is “Who will carry on the traditions?” Young people once learned from their elders, stayed in their home villages, got a sixth-grade education at most, married young, and spun and wove for the rest of their lives for subsistence wages. Today they carry cell phones to ...   read more

Peruvian Textiles in a Box: Textiles and Traditions of the Peruvian Highland Weavers

November 21, 2018
You can meet the weavers, dyers, knitters, and spinners of the Peruvian Highlands without leaving home. The ATA educational program “Peruvian Textiles in a Box: Textiles and Traditions of the Peruvian Highland Weavers” presents the arts and artisan members of the Center for the Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC) through a 25-minute documentary video, Peruvian Weaving Revival by Janet Darrow, and five presentation ...   read more

Reviving the Paracas and Nazca Looping Technique

November 21, 2018
by Sarah Lyon
During Tinkuy 2017, twenty weavers from the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC) participated in a workshop on the Paracas and Nazca looping technique with two professors from Chile, Soledad Hoces de la Guardia and Ana María Rojas. In order to encourage the study of this pre-Colombian textile technique, looping became the theme for the CTTC annual competition this year.
In ...   read more

Looking for a few good guilds to kick off ATA’s “Sponsor a Young Weavers Group” project

May 7, 2018
ATA is creating sponsorship opportunities for fiber arts guilds, interested individuals, and other community groups in the U.S. to provide financial support to Young Weavers groups affiliated with CTTC’s ten villages. CTTC has identified an urgent need to involve the youth of its communities in the educational and preservation efforts before the tradition fiber arts knowledge and skills are lost. The three-fold ...   read more

Revitalizing Weaving in the Andes

May 7, 2018
The mission of Andean Textile Arts (ATA) is to support the people and communities of the Andes in their efforts to preserve and revitalize their textile traditions. In support of that mission, ATA has been working closely with the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC) for just over twenty years. During those formative years, we have had two major areas of focus: Identifying the highland communities where textile ...   read more

2018 Andean Arts Textile Tour

May 7, 2018
2018 Andean Arts Textile Tour
October 22- November 2
For many people, traveling to Peru and experiencing Machu Picchu is on their "bucket list.”  For those of us who celebrate artisan textiles, that dream may include the opportunity to visit some highland villages, meet the weavers in person, and see their hands at work on the patterns that have been passed down for generations. And what ...   read more

Young Weavers, Caretakers of the Future

December 6, 2017
Over the last three years, the Young Weavers program has become the primary educational mission of the Center for Traditional Textiles. Program activities have included several gatherings, where young weavers from each of the ten CTTC communities met to learn traditions and techniques from each other, participate in textile classes, and forge lifelong friendships. ATA also funded textile classes for Young Weaver groups ...   read more

The Trip That Keeps On Giving

February 26, 2017
There is, of course, no shortage of travel options in many of our lives.  From mini-getaways to grand tours in far-off continents, the choices of when and where to go are staggering.  But rather than ask where or when, what if we asked why?  Why should we go a certain place?  In fact, why travel at all?
For some of us, the reason to travel is to experience a different culture, a different way ...   read more

Tinkuy – Third Time Even More Charmed

November 14, 2016
It’s an interesting word, Tinkuy. While it means a “coming together” in Quechua, it means more than that. It means (among other untranslatable things) coming together like rushing streams converging in foaming eddies to create a bigger river. There’s a lot of energy implied in the word.
The first Tinkuy, in 2010, was a whirlwind of energy. The decision to hold the event was made in March ...   read more

“We women have dreams . . . ”

November 1, 2016
by Ercil Howard-Wroth
Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, Director of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, and her sister, master weaver Adela Callañaupa, traveled from the Andes to San Francisco to attend the TEDWomen conference in late October 2016. Sponsored by the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise (AAE), Nilda spoke at the TEDWomen's Global Showcase as one of three global artisan speakers.  
T...   read more

"There Will Always Be a Hunger for Beauty"

November 9, 2015
These were the words of Secretary of State John Kerry, addressing the Artisan Enterprise: The New Startup Economy Forum at the State Department on September 10. Hilda Roque Perez and Antonia Callañaupa Alvarez traveled to Washington D.C. to represent The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC) at the forum. The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, hosted by the Aspen Institute, is a collaborative effort of ...   read more

On the Road with CTTC

July 28, 2015
June and July were busy, busy travel months for CTTC, with a major presence at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival on the Mall in Washington, DC, followed by the Santa Fe Folk Art Market.
The Smithsonian event, Peru Pachamama, focused solely on Peru this year, unlike previous years in which several countries were featured. The extreme biodiversity of Peru provided opportunities to feature ...   read more

The First Gathering of Young Weavers

July 16, 2015
Sarah Lyon, Education Coordinator
Photos courtesy of CTTC
The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC) has a well-guarded secret. We work with nine amazing groups of young weavers from nine of our ten communities. For the past several years these groups of children and young adults have gathered in their communities’ weaving centers every Saturday to learn from their elders ...   read more

All in a Day’s Journey to Huacatinco Village

April 6, 2015
Sometimes it pays to take the road less traveled. Such is the case when it’s the only road to the village of Huacatinco in the Ocongate region of the Cusco highlands of Peru. In February, ATA board members Betty Doerr, Jan Gibson, and Marilyn Murphy, along with CTTC director Nilda Callañaupa, and her husband Paulino, traveled to the most remote of the CTTC artisan communities. Huacatinco joined CTTC in 2013. ...   read more

Mojonamiento in Chinchero, March 2015: The Community of Ocotuan

March 31, 2015
by Jenny Callañaupa Huarhua
Carnaval is a very important time of year in Chinchero, as in many areas in the Cusco region. During Carnaval there are numerous activities in which the population participates; one of these is Mojonamiento.
It’s a bit past 5 am and the mayors, or varayoc, are beautifully dressed in their red ponchos, carrying their ceremonial rods. The resonant ...   read more

A Decade of Difference

September 17, 2014
Andean Textile Arts joined Jim Kane of Cultural Xplorers, a leader in the field of sutstainable travel, in sponsoring this year’s Weaver Awards. Jim co-founded the program with Nilda in 2005. Jim attended the judging and presentation of awards in Cusco, and shares these thoughts and images:
Looking around me at the dozens of gorgeously attired weavers animatedly chatting in Chinchero, I kept trying to wrap ...   read more

Teaching Double Weave to Peruvian Weavers

May 2, 2014
Be careful what you say “yes” to. In this case, by saying yes, weaver Jennifer Moore created the richest personal experience of her life.
Jennifer is a foremost authority, weaving teacher, and author on the subject of double weave, a technique in which two layers of cloth are woven simultaneously, the layers interchanging to create reversible patterns. Though her experience was in weaving on foot-powered ...   read more

Making Connections, Changing Lives

June 7, 2013
     Maybe you’ve been on one of the ATA excursions to Peru. Maybe you’ve watched the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco grow from a dream to a significant presence in the heart of the city. Because you’re reading this right now, it’s safe to say that you’ve helped support that growth. So read on – CTTC will be hosting a deeply interesting and unforgettable ...   read more