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Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands: Dreaming Patterns, Weaving Memories [Paperback]

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Pages   112
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 8.25" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Publisher   Interweave Press
ISBN  1596680555  
EAN  9781596680555  

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Handwoven fabrics comprise the living history and culture of the peruvian highlands from cusco to machu picchu and beyond. fabric patterns with evocative names reflect the landscape and events in vivid color, evolving over time -- The weavers who create these fabrics in the time-honored way are keepers of the culture and sustainers of a noble but difficult lifestyle in tune with the earth. they raise llamas and alpacas for fiber, collect plants for natural dyes, spin yarn on primitive spindles, and weaveacres of cloth on simple backstrap looms just as their forebears have done for thousands of years. they weave clothing, rugs, bedcovers, potato sacks, hunting slings, and sacrificial fabrics ? for themselves and their villages, and for sale to supplementtheir meager incomes -- Travellers visiting the area (hundreds of thousands a year from north america alone) are drawn to this authentic, well-crafted work and given the opportunity to collect it at every street corner and rail stop. weaving in the peruvian andes is their guide to quality, understanding, and appreciation. they will learn how pattern names such as meandering river or lake with flowers relate to the geography and history, and how the traditional natural materials and colors enhance the value of the work.

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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, 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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Stunning Examples of Traditional Peruvian Weaving  Jul 2, 2008
Having traveled with Nilda to meet the weavers and observe the weaving process in most of the villages featured in the book , I can attest that the stunning color reproductions (kudos to the publisher for the choice of so many wonderful examples and for selecting a outstanding printer!) in the book accurately represent the superb work still being done under the direction of the Center for Traditional Textiles Cusco. If you are looking for "visual understanding and aesthetic appreciation" of the best of Peruvian textile weaving today, this is the book to buy! And the economical text thoughtfully complements the numerous illustrations.

Eric Waples
Gorgeous patterns from Peru  May 25, 2008
Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez is a Quechua weaver and scholar. She was born in Chinchero, a village in the southern highlands of Peru, was educated in the United States and in Cusco, and is the founder of Center for Traditional Textiles in Cusco.

"We started the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco in l996 to explore which Andean weaving traditions still exist today, how we might educate people in our culture to value and continue the Inca heritage, and how we , as a group of concerned individuals, might aid villages and families in this process.

"In the Andes we depend mainly on farming to provide food for our families,but it brings little income. Like those who came before us, we still honor the earth and continue practices adapted to difficult conditions of high altitude, steep slopes and unpredictable weather. But we can no longer depend on the agricultural systems of land planning and food store-housing put in place by our Inca ancestors to assure that everyone received enough to eat in bad years. Those systems were destroyed during colonial times. Families today must find ways to supplement their income to meet their daily needs.

"The work of the Center is not just to preserve and to study Peruvian textiles, their symbolism and significance, etc. Our goal also is to assist families to create a larger market for their textiles and a new economy for their communities."

The works of art are beautifully reproduced in this well printed book, and the text explains much of the history and the meanings of the patterns. On a recent visit to the Center, we saw many beautiful pieces, quite different from the acrylic tourist belts and purses on offer everywhere.

The book also explains some of the many difficulties using natural materials -- lack of firewood, scarcity of some plants, even practical problems -- a soft boiled egg takes either eight or nine minutes of cooking because of the high altitudes around Cusco.

The book and the Center make an important statement about preserving these ancient weaving techniques. The resulting works are a feast for the eye and for the mind.

Robert C. Ross 2008
Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands  Feb 9, 2008
This is a marvelous contribution to understanding the beauty and cultural importance of traditional weaving in the Andean heart of the Incan empire. The author, whose Center for Traditional Textiles in Cuzco, just opened (2007) as a museum, market, and center of learning and research,
is superbly qualified, as the expert who is illuminating her own traditions. She has produced a stunning, accessible and fascinating work which should appeal to weavers everywhere and to anyone who is traveling to the area, or armchair travelers who wish to learn more about the vibrant traditions of the Andes. Highly recommended for artists, weavers, and travelers.
Fantastic!!  Jan 18, 2008
The pictures and text in this book are wonderful! First, it's a visual delight and when I went back to read the text, the background on weaving is thorough and very interesting. I highly recommend it!

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