Outreach and Education

Peruvian Textiles in a Box: Program for Guilds

Textile artisans in the U.S. have encouraged and supported Andean weavers for decades. To strengthen that connection, we offer Peruvian Textiles in a Box, a self-guided guild program about the weavers, textiles, and communities around the Sacred Valley of Peru. The program includes video, speaker notes, and a selection of textiles representing the wide variety of weaving structures and designs from the various communities. The textiles range from intricate warp-faced pickup techniques to tapestry and scaffold-weaving, plus knitting, dyeing, braiding, and more. This program in a box is available to guilds on a rotating basis for a small shipping fee and the cost of returning the materials.

For more information, send an email to info@andeantextilearts.org.

  • One of the teaching sample boards that are included with the Peruvian Textiles-in-a-Box program

  • One of the teaching sample boards that are included with the Peruvian Textiles-in-a-Box program.

Textile Tours and International Conferences

One of the best ways to sustain textile traditions is weaver to weaver. We help bring weavers together through textile travel and by sponsoring the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco’s Tinkuy, a series of international weaving conferences that bring together hundreds of indigenous weavers from the Americas and beyond. Through funding from ATA supporters, weavers and textile enthusiasts attend lectures, participate in workshops, and share their experiences. Topics have included textile techniques, pre-Columbian textiles, fair trade, development of cooperatives, and market development. ATA also organizes benefit tours to expose participants from North America and abroad to the rich Andean textile traditions and to raise funds for programs in the weaving communities.

Visit our tour page for more information on upcoming tours and conferences.

  • Members of the 2018 Peruvian tour on a rainy day at Machu Picchu.

  • Jamie Yoshida walks among the alpaca herd during an Andean Textile Arts tour at the CTTC weaving community in Accha Alta.

Museum and Exhibits

Andean Textile Arts has collaborated on a number of museum and university events in the U.S., with a focus on educating the public about traditional Andean textiles. It was instrumental in funding, curating, and organizing displays for the museum housed at CTTC in Cusco, which opened in 2005.

  • Exhibit “Engaging History: Continuities of Textile Traditions in the Andes” at Kennesaw State University.

    Exhibit “Engaging History: Continuities of Textile Traditions in the Andes” at Kennesaw State University.

  • “Weaving Lives: Transforming Textile Traditions in the Peruvian Highlands” at the Avenir Museum, Colorado State University.

    “Weaving Lives: Transforming Textile Traditions in the Peruvian Highlands” at the Avenir Museum, Colorado State University.

  • “Weaving Lives: Transforming Textile Traditions in the Peruvian Highlands” at the Mattie Rhodes Art Center.

    “Weaving Lives: Transforming Textile Traditions in the Peruvian Highlands” at the Mattie Rhodes Art Center.