Outreach and Education

Textile Traditions of the Peruvian Highlands

Textile Traditions of the Peruvian Highlands, our new online educational program for fiber guilds and other groups who want an overview of Peruvian indigenous textiles and the skilled artisans who create them, is now available for scheduling. During this one-hour hosted program, cooperative members of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC) are featured. The focus is on the preservation and revitalization of their traditional textile arts. Through video clips and images, weaving, dyeing, spinning, and knitting, along with highlights of doubleweave, ikat, tapestry, and discontinuous and supplementary warps, are presented.

“Textile Traditions of the Peruvian Highlands” is an inspiring virtual visit to the weavers, spinners, knitters, and dyers of the Peruvian Highlands. It is an opportunity to “travel” to this part of the world and be exposed to the area’s unique traditional textiles and cultures.

Contact programs@andeantextilearts.org for detailed information.

  • Pitumarca scaffold weaving. Photo courtesy of Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco.

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.