Learning the Skills of the Andes
for a drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley to
the Andean village of Chinchero to visit with Nilda Callaņaupa Alvarez.
Nilda learned to weave as a child while tending the flocks in the fields
of her village. When she was a teenager, Nilda worked with researchers
on preserving the traditional themes and techniques of weaving in the
Andean community. As an adult, Nilda traveled extensively to the U.S.
to organize weaving exhibits and workshops in several universities and
the Textile Museum of Washington D.C. Nilda offers an indigenous, multi-faceted
perspective on the arts, as well as excellent cilitation and communication
skills. She is truly a one of a kind artist. She will be happy to lead
a relaxed, fascinating workshop on traditional blackstrap weaving techniques
and a discussion on the role of weaving in a contemporary Andean culture.
We will get to know how people live and work.