Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez
Founder and Director
Nilda was born in the small community of Chinchero. Like many other children during this time, she was responsible for taking care of her family’s flock of sheep. Watching over them in the fields, she spent her time learning to spin and weave with her friends. As she grew and learned more complex designs, her curiosity was sparked. She could see there was a powerful history behind the art of her people, but that it was slowly being lost. When Nilda was a teenager she befriended an ethnobotnist and anthropologist who moved to Chinchero in the 1970s. With their encouragement she embarked on a journey that would change the fate of Cusco textiles. After becoming the first person from her community to attend college, she went on to become one of the founders of the CTTC. Since her youth Nilda has been a community organizer and leader, bringing her town together behind the goal of reviving their textile traditions. Now the director of the CTTC, an award winning author, and international speaker and expert in Cusqueñan textiles, Nilda cannot believe how far the Center has comes since its early days as a group of friends meeting to weave in each other’s homes.
Yolanda Jaime Callañaupa
Yolanda is a weaver from Chinchero who graduated from San Antonio Abad University with a degree in Education. She’s been with the CTTC since its inception in 1996, as both a board member and the Community Development Coordinator. Yolanda works with the weaving associations on community organization, the work of forming and running an association, and the particular needs of each group of weavers which includes everything from medical assistance to help with personal problems. Yolanda has been immersed in the world of textiles since her youth and can’t imagine leaving it. She still knits chullo, traditional hats, and likes to spend time with her family when she isn’t at the Center.
Flora Callañaupa de Hendrickson
Bio Coming Soon!
Hilda Roque Perez
Tinkuy Support Team
Hilda joined the CTTC board in 2000 after experience as a tour conductor in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. She is a patron of the textile arts and wishes to support the weavers in any way she can. Besides her board member duties, Hilda was part of the team that organized Tinkuy 2013 and is currently leading the planning of Tinkuy 2017. When she can escape from the office Hilda likes to take to the mountains, going on hikes with her family.
Miriam is a busy woman, volunteering her help to many organizations. She joined the CTTC in 2005 as treasurer and board member. Miriam spends little time in her home town of Cusco, as her service work frequently takes her traveling across Peru. Besides volunteering her time at the CTTC, she serves on the local division of the International Lions Club.
For years Elizabeth has served as an advisor to CTTC, relying on her 20 years of education experience teaching urban school children and training urban teachers. Beginning thirty years ago Elizabeth became involved in community organization not only in the San Francisco bay area but also thousands of miles from home in Latin America where she lived in Cusco from 2001 – 2002 to work with the CTTC. Besides her work with the Center, Elizabeth also serves as a board member for Andean Textile Arts.
Education Department Coordinator
While studying abroad in Cusco in 2012, Sarah worked under the supervision of Nilda Callañaupa to complete a research project on the textiles of Chinchero and Huilloc. During this time Sarah also volunteered for a few months with the Center. After graduating from Williams College where she completed an Art History major and International Studies minor, Sarah returned to join the CTTC in 2014, coordinating events and activities for the Education Department. When not asking for help on her latest weaving project, you can find Sarah hiking with her adopted street dog Wayra throughout the mountains around Cusco.
Anika Huaman Rimayhuamán
Marketing and Sales Department
Social Media and Public Relations
Anika began working with the CTTC in 2010 as part of the sales team, before taking over the area of consignments in 2016. In 2017 she began heading the Marketing and Sales Department. Anika likes that the mission of the Center is to promote the textile arts. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her two children.
Berta Yucra Paucar
Bertha studied to be a technician but recently joined the CTTC in 2016 because textiles always interested her and she saw that she would be able to learn more about them here. So far Bertha says she enjoys working at the Center because of the welcoming work environment and because she gets to learn something new each day. She hopes that eventually she will learn to weave her own blanket!
Marion Catunta Peralta
Marion is from Cusco and joined the CTTC in 2002 because she liked the mission and vision of the Center. She began on the Textile Acquisition team with Maria Esther and Domingo, but now runs the Storage room takign care of the stock of textiles. During her free time Marion enjoys playing volleyball, reading and cooking.
Domingo Halanocca Higuera
Domingo also hails from Chinchero where his wife and family are involved in the local weaving association. When not working in the offices, Domingo participates in Chinchero festivals where he dances traditional roles. Domingo joined the CTTC in 2002 because he liked the mission of the NGO to support the communities and revive old designs. He works with the weavers to receive the textiles they bring in each month, pricing and categorizing each piece.
Maria Esther Quispe Quispe
Bio Coming Soon!
Sonia Solis Tapia
After working at a variety of tour and travel agencies in Cusco, Sonia joined the CTTC in 2009 hoping for a different type of experience. While her main responsibility is overseeing personnel, Sonia wears a variety of hats and also helps with general administrative tasks, shipments and exports, and special orders, amongst other work. In her free time Sonia likes to read, swim, and travel, especially to the warm coast and jungle which is a nice respite from the cold Cusco climate!
Karina Solis Tapia
Karina also came to the CTTC in 2010 after experience at a tourism agency. She keeps busy working two jobs but says she enjoys working as an account at an NGO because it is something new.
Jhoselyn Ruby Cayllahua Castro
Ruby is a new face at the CTTC, she began working with us in late 2015 as the assistant to our treasurer. Before coming to the CTTC she had just graduated from college with a degree in Accounting. So far she thinks the CTTC is a great place to work because she sees that the organization is helping the weaving associations and recovering forgotten customs. Ruby is from the White City of Arequipa and in her free time likes to read literary works.
Alejandrina Roque Perez
Alejandrina came to the CTTC in 2015 after working for various local municipalities. She really enjoys working at the Center because it helps her connect with her past and enables her to learn more about her ancestors and their culture. When not coordinating the many incoming calls from the communities and helping to keep the textile acquisitions system up to date, Aleja loves to hike and visit the many communities she got to know during her time working for local government offices.
Juan Daza Quispe
Indigo Project Supervisor
Natural Dye Workshop Assistant
Before joining the CTTC in 2004 Juan taught young people in San José Obrero, Caijo, Andahuaylillas. He first became involved with CTTC working on the construction of our headquarters in Cusco and stayed on to help with maintenance and the odd job. Besides being a general handyman, Juan has the exciting work of overseeing our Indigo Project in Huyro. He travels a few times each year to this jungle town to check up on the young plants, see to general maintenance, and harvest the leaves when they are ready. After a taxing, multi-month long process, Juan extracts the beautiful blue dye that the weavers use to color their yarn. In addition to overseeing the Indigo project, Juan also assists Director Nilda during dye workshops, helping the weavers obtain the stunning colors they weave with.
Armando Jaimes Cusihuaman
Armando is from the community of Chinchero where he has worked for many years as a tailor. He joined the CTTC in 2006 to help transform the weaver’s work into high end products such as purses, bags, and computer cases. Armando loves to sew and appreciates that the CTTC is known at a global level because it means his creations end up in the homes of people from across the world.
Julia Jovita Pfuro Zuniga
The CTTC would not be the home it is without the jokes and good spirits that Jovita brings to our offices. If you are feeling down, she will have you smiling again within five minutes, guaranteed. Not only does Jovita keep our spaces clean, she knows her way around needle and thread as well and is constantly helping with the details of quality control. She loves to warp and spends her free time at home helping her daughter with her homework and warping. Jovita says the CTTC is like her home, her family, and that after moving to Cusco from her hometown of Lares at 16 she was able to get over personal difficulties thanks to the support she had at the Center.
Yanett Soto Chuquichampi
Yanett is from the community of Pitumarca where she grew up learning the designs and techniques of her home with her mother and as a member of the Young Weavers Group of the Munay Ticll’a Weaving Association. Yanett loves to weave and is now quite the accomplished textile artist. She also sings and dances wayno, traditional Andean music, with a local group at festivals. After graduating from high school, Yanett began a tourism degree at the San Antonio Abad University in Cusco where she currently is working on her thesis as the last step in achieving her degree. Yanett joined the CTTC staff in 2014 finishing up a traditional doll project for the shop and helping out with odd jobs for the Education Department. She now runs the fair-trade shop located in the Chinchero weaving center.
Rosa Pumayalli Quispe
Rosita is from Chinchero, where as a child she helped form the first Young Weavers Group, then known as the Jakima Club. Her grandmother began to teach her how to weave when she was eight, and by the time she was nine Rosita had formed the Jakima Club with her friends. Now an accomplished weaver, Rosa realizes that her traditional knowledge gives her a leg up in her tourism studies at San Antonio Abad University in Cusco. In addition to pursuing her degree, Rosita works at the CTTC in the shop, explaining about techniques and traditions to visitors.
Miriam Curse Ccapatinta
Miriam came to the CTTC in 2014 because she saw that the organization was built around the idea of helping the weavers and its employees. Since arriving, Miriam has enjoyed learning more about traditions and other cultures. In her free time she likes spending time with family.
Teresa Lourdes Mauricio Paz
Bio coming soon.
Cecilia Fuentes Aquize
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Melvin Cangalaya Quispe
Bio coming soon.