Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands: Dreaming Patterns, Weaving Memories

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A richly illustrated look at Andean weaving, which embodies the living history and culture of the Peruvian highlands, this guide extensively catalogs many of the intricate patterns found in traditional Peruvian textiles. Exploring the personal histories of the Quechua people who sustain this tradition, it examines how they weave extraordinary amounts of cloth on simple backstrap looms?just as their forebears have done for thousands of years?to make clothing, rugs, ...

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Overview

A richly illustrated look at Andean weaving, which embodies the living history and culture of the Peruvian highlands, this guide extensively catalogs many of the intricate patterns found in traditional Peruvian textiles. Exploring the personal histories of the Quechua people who sustain this tradition, it examines how they weave extraordinary amounts of cloth on simple backstrap looms—just as their forebears have done for thousands of years—to make clothing, rugs, bedcovers, potato sacks, hunting slings, and sacrificial fabrics for both their villages and for interested tourists. How pattern names such as Meandering River or Lake With Flowers relate to the geography and history of the region is also discussed, as is how the traditional natural materials and colors enhance the value of the work. 

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"The armchair traveler will be amazed at the variety of designs . . .  An excellent choice for ethnic textile collections in academic and large public libraries."  —Library Journal
Library Journal

Callañaupa Alvarez is the founder of the Center for Traditional Textiles, a combination school, gallery, and museum in Cusco, Peru (also the beneficiary of all sales of this book). Here, she writes from the unique perspective of a textile expert who has retained the traditions and knowledge of her native country's art. Strikingly beautiful photos of traditional costumes combine with personal information on Andean weavers and the tradition that produced them. The armchair traveler, who might never otherwise visit Peru's remote weaving centers, will be amazed at the variety of designs that makes it possible for a knowledgeable observer to identify peoples' native villages by the style of their woven and knitted attire. An excellent choice for ethnic textile collections in academic and large public libraries.


—Jan Zlendich
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983886037
  • Publisher: Thrums, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 562,399
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez is an expert in historic Peruvian weaving techniques. She founded the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco and established weaving co-ops in nine remote mountain villages in Peru that perpetuate traditional techniques and foster economic development in the region. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2009

    incan weaving at its best

    Having been to Peru multiple times, I was so excited to see faces of people that I have actually met in this book. The weaving information is incredible. I am a weaver and have tried to learn by watching while in Peru. This book puts it all in one place so that I can look at it over and over again.

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