A Virtual Visit to the Weavers of Cusco: A Special Benefit Program

Allison KorleskiATA Programs, Indigenous Connections, Textile Traditions

We hope that you will join us on April 1 for a special event to benefit the communities of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC).

The CTTC supports groups of weavers in ten villages, each community with its own unique dress, textiles, and techniques. The weavers depend on sales of their textiles to help support their families and send their children to school.

For several years, COVID halted tourism and, thus, textile sales. Now, just as Andean communities were beginning to recover and regain hope, the political strife in Peru has brought tourism to a halt, once again. But where there are caring hearts, there is always hope

On April 1, ATA and CTTC are teaming up to bring the weavers and their work to you through a special online presentation by Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, founder and director of the CTTC. Nilda will introduce us to each of the communities through their distinct textile techniques and designs. She’ll also talk about recent revitalization projects and show us some amazing pieces produced through community collaboration. The registration fee for this special program is $20, to benefit the CTTC communities. When you register for the benefit program, you’ll also receive an invitation to attend an exclusive CTTC live, online private shopping session featuring selected textiles from the weaving communities.

This special benefit event will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2023. The one-hour online program begins at 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT or Peruvian Standard Time (GMT-5). Registration and fee are required.

The program will be followed by the private shopping session; information and access link will be emailed after your program registration. The shopping session will be limited to sixty customers, so register early to secure your spot!

When we visited Peru last fall, the weavers told us again and again how much your support has meant to them. We hope that you will enjoy this special chance to virtually visit the communities yourself, and we know your participation and support will bring renewed hope to help sustain the weavers through this difficult time.

All photographs courtesy of Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco