Winner, Silver Medal in the Craft Hobby Category, 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Nilda Callaaupa 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....
|Title||:||Secrets of Spinning, Weaving, and Knitting in the Peruvian Highlands|
|Number of Pages||:||509 Pages|
|File Size||:||690 KB|
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Secrets of Spinning, Weaving, and Knitting in the Peruvian Highlands Reviews
Nilda has done amazing things for the weaving women of Peru and portrays them with admiration and integrity.
Excellent book! Loads of interesting textile techniques gleaned from working and talking with villagers in the author's home region of Peru.
This is definitely a hands-on book, with great detailed photographs and clear explanations giving enough information to really be able to do the techniques being shown. It is also a lot more. Written as a group effort by Nilda Callañaupa, the young weavers of the Center for Traditional Texiles of Cusco, and Sarah Lyon, with the ever-so-able support of the Thrums Books team, I could feel each of them contributing as I read. CTTC has an important history in the Peruvian, and even worldwide, movement to save traditional textile techniques before they are lost to the "progress" that has been mechanizing and maybe de-humanizing the human part of the planet for the past 100 years or more. In nearly all cultures now it is hard to find young people who WANT to learn the techniques, as with more schooling and better opportunities, they have a chance to actually earn a viable living, something nearly impossible to do creating traditional textiles. It IS possible, and CTTC is one of the leaders showing the way. But the struggle is about more than making a living. Textile creating, one of the oldest of human activities, has been a form of cultural expression for thousands of years, is one of the fastest ways to identify where someone comes from, was one of the earliest forms of written expression, with symbols telling stories that were central to a culture. And still are. So while Nilda is telling us how to do a particular technique, she is also telling us why, and what it means. The tubular borders done by the Quechua are one of my favorite parts of their textiles, but this was new to me: "These tubular edgings not only protect the textile from physical wear, preventing fraying and unraveling and hiding the uneven edgings, they also are said to protect the textile spiritually. Most tubular edgings come in some variation of an eye pattern and many weavers explain that these borders watch over or protect the textile from befalling some future harm." Makes me want to put them on everything I ever weave, or bake, or make in any way! And glad I read the book, so I would know that.
Gorgeous photographs, fascinating information about cultural traditions and life in the Peruvian Highlands, and terrific step-by-step for how to spin the Andean way, weave a beginning design, cast-on techniques for knitting hats, and making pompoms and braids. Even if I don't master all the secrets shown, it's great information to have.
What a gem of cultural preservation. A visual feast!