An Exhibition of Andean Weaving

by - Sunday, June 28, 2009

2009 Maiwa Textile Symposium
An Exhibition of Andean Weaving
The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco
No Charge - Please RSVP

Introduced by Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez

“In today’s world, we take cloth for granted. We are surrounded by it from the time we get up and put on our clothes in the morning, until we go to bed under our blankets at night. It comes from machines, it costs little and we throw it away without a second thought when it is worn out.

“But there is another kind of cloth, and that is the kind of cloth you will learn about in this [exhibition]. It is cloth made thread by thread, by the hands of the people. Each piece has its own life, a reflection of the spirit, skill, and personal history of the maker.”

From Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands: Dreaming Patterns, Weaving Memories by Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez.

All pieces will be available for sale.


Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez is an expert weaver who has travelled extensively to teach and give presentations at Harvard, Cornell, the University of Vermont, Brown, the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, and other institutions. Her expertise is recognized by international scholars of Inca textiles and culture. Nilda joins us from Peru.

Nilda is the founder and director of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco. She has established weaving associations throughout the Andean highlands to preserve a splendid tradition of fine handmade textiles and to promote economic development. She has appeared in documentaries as a spokesperson for her culture. Nilda’s weavings have been exhibited in Peru, the US, and elsewhere. Nilda lives in Cusco, Peru, with her husband and two children.

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