3 days, personal instructor, $150
Learning to weave on a traditional backstrap loom is a challenging but rewarding experience. Young girls in Chinchero begin learning when they are about 6-8 years old. The ﬁrst textiles they weave are thin ribbons called jakima. Your personal instructor from Chinchero will guide you through the ancient process of learning to weave on a jakima, beginning with plain-weave and moving on to simple designs. For those with prior experience, the class starts with more complex designs on larger textiles such as the chumpi, or belt.
The three day weaving course includes all of the materials you will need, plus a packet of information and instructions. Class hours each day are 9:00am-12:00pm and 2:00pm-5:00pm.
- Day 1: Learn the basics of the backstrap loom, plain weave, and the design tanka ch’uru. – $50
- Day 2: Continue practicing tanka ch’uru and learn the design kuti. – $50
- Day 3: Continue practicing kuti and learn a design of your choice if desired. – $50