Secrets of Spinning, Weaving, and Knitting in the Peruvian Highlands

Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez

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Winner, Silver Medal in the Craft/Hobby Category, 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez has gathered artisans of all ages to share their knowledge, lore, and deep skills, highlighting many of the techniques used by craftspeople in the Andes. They reveal clever highland secrets for everything from skeining yarn and knitting in reverse to weaving tubular borders and embellishing fabric with complex stitches. For many of these techniques, they provide concise step-by-step instructions accessible for North American crafters. Thoughtful, 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.

Size: 8 1/2" x 9" | 490 color photos 10 charts & 1 map | 144 pp
ISBN13: 9780998452357

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Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez is the 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. She is the author of Textile Traditions of Chinchero and Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands.