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Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Speaking of textiles

One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to one of the weaving cooperatives in Chinchero, a small town in the mountains about an hour from Cusco.

Chinchero is famous for its textiles, and is a center for using and promoting traditional techniques. The cooperative we visited, Sara Textiles, was formed by a group of single mothers. Our visit began with meeting (and feeding) the alpacas and llamas who supply the wool, and ended in the adjoining shop, where scarves, coats, hats, and wall hangings in every color of the rainbow are for sale.

And in between, we saw how the raw wool is washed, spun, dyed and woven to create those masterpieces.

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