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Faces of Tradition: Weaving Elders of the Andes

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In this revealing cultural study, dozens of ancient weavers and the landscapes that they occupy in the Cusco region of the Andes are vividly portrayed through personal stories and life experiences, bringing to life the decades of endurance, skill, fortitude, and natural pride honed from the time-honored traditions of the region and its people. Some of the storytellers featured here include Pitumarcas Timoteo Ccarita, who became so interested in the old textiles he found on his own travels that he re-created tapestry techniques from sight; Leonardo Quispe, who single-handedly rescued and revived the techniques of ikat-style tied-warp dyeing (watay) in his community of Santa Cruz de Sallac; and Cipriana Mamani, who remembers that in her town of Accha Alta, their finely woven textiles had many lives and were repurposed for use over and over again. Intimate photographs capture each of the elders, some of whom had never seen a picture of themselves or even looked in a mirror, revealing the life, strength, character, and experience of these men and women.

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"Callañaupa and Franquemont deftly capture Andean geography and the lives of its aging Cusco weavers in this vivid volume. Callañaupa learned weaving from her mother and elders in Chinchero, where she met Franquemont in the 1970s. Franquemont had relocated to Chinchero with her family from the U.S.; they later became registered members of the Chinchero community. Both women are currently crucial members in organizations promoting Andean textile arts. Their experience, research, and interviews, coupled with Coca's dignified full-color portraits, pay homage to the survival of the weaving arts amidst the poverty and harsh elements endured by the country's indigenous populations. The book examines elders in chapters divided by nine communities: Chinchero, Mahuaypampa, Accha Alta, Patabamba, Chahuaytire, Santa Cruz de Sallac, Pitumarca, Acopia, and Santo Tomas. Coca's vibrant photographs illustrate the bright colors and elaborate textile patterns in contrast to the stark landscape of sparsely vegetated mountains. Each community and elder profile adds up to a tremendous record of enduring Andean culture as witnessed through textiles, weaving, and hands that never stop spinning. 175 color photos." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez is the founder and director of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, a consortium of 10 village weaving centers located throughout the Andean Highlands, with a gallery and museum in Cusco, Peru. She is the author of Textile Traditions of Chincero and Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands. She lives in Chinchero, Peru. Christine Franquemont is an anthropologist who has lived and worked in the Andes studying textiles and essential native plants. She is co-chair of Andean Textile Arts, a North American support organization for the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut. Joe Coca is a photographer of people from all walks of life over five continents, industrial products and installations, architecture, food, and especially handcrafted textiles and other artisan goods. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780983886044
Author:
Alvarez, Nilda Callanaupa
Publisher:
Thrums, LLC
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Coca, Joe
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Alvarez, Nilda Calla
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Franquemont, Christine
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Subject:
South America
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World History-South America
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20131231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
152
Dimensions:
10 x 10 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Callañaupa and Franquemont deftly capture Andean geography and the lives of its aging Cusco weavers in this vivid volume. Callañaupa learned weaving from her mother and elders in Chinchero, where she met Franquemont in the 1970s. Franquemont had relocated to Chinchero with her family from the U.S.; they later became registered members of the Chinchero community. Both women are currently crucial members in organizations promoting Andean textile arts. Their experience, research, and interviews, coupled with Coca's dignified full-color portraits, pay homage to the survival of the weaving arts amidst the poverty and harsh elements endured by the country's indigenous populations. The book examines elders in chapters divided by nine communities: Chinchero, Mahuaypampa, Accha Alta, Patabamba, Chahuaytire, Santa Cruz de Sallac, Pitumarca, Acopia, and Santo Tomas. Coca's vibrant photographs illustrate the bright colors and elaborate textile patterns in contrast to the stark landscape of sparsely vegetated mountains. Each community and elder profile adds up to a tremendous record of enduring Andean culture as witnessed through textiles, weaving, and hands that never stop spinning. 175 color photos." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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