Synopses & Reviews
A rare glimpse of Andean Elders and their artisan textiles is captured
in this stunning new book. It vividly portrays dozens of ancient weavers
and the landscapes that they occupy in the Cusco region of the Andes.
"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.