ISBN 9780983886037 Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands


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Handwoven fabrics are the living history and cultural treasure of the Peruvian highlands. The weavers who create these extraordinary textiles are keepers of the culture and sustainers of a noble but difficult lifestyle in tune with the earth. Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands celebrates their authentic, well-crafted work by showing: Varied and distinctive styles of traditional clothing, the way the traditional crafts are passed from one generation to another, names and meaning of the myriad textile designs that reflect the culture and history of the people, and rituals and celebrations in which woven fabrics plays such an important role. Whether actually travelling to the Cusco region or armchair travelling, Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands is the essential guide to understanding and appreciating the areas wealth of textiles and charming, inventive weavers who create them."The armchair traveller will be amazed at the variety of designs . . . An excellent choice for ethnic textile collections in academic and large public libraries."Library Journal Contents: 1 X 112 Page Paperback Author: Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez Author Bio - Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez is one of the founders and Director of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco where she works with ten weaving communities to preserve and promote Cusqueñan textile traditions and to support the weavers and their work. Nilda grew up in Chinchero, Peru, learning spinning, weaving, and knitting from her family and other elders of the community. She holds degrees from the National University of San Antonio Abad in Cusco, and is an international speaker and expert in Cusqueñan textiles. Nilda lives in Cusco and Chinchero with her husband and two sons. Her previous titles, Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands, Faces of Tradition, and Textile Traditions of Chinchero have sold more than 40,000 copies worldwide.

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