1. What materials are included in the courses?
A packet of information about textile traditions and the history of textiles in Peru
A packet of instructions about backstrap weaving
Three small backstrap looms already set up to weave
Two Beater sticks
Warp and Weft
2. Where does the CTTC teach their courses?
CTTC current weaving workshop is taught in one of its locations on Av. Pardo 705, Cusco, Peru. However the meeting point will be in the Center’s headquarters (Av. Sol 603), which is only one block away.
3. Are classes taught in Spanish or English? Will my instructor speak English?
The instructors speak Quechua and Spanish, and a very limited amount of English. For the majority, the class will be taught on a visual basis with your instructor demonstrating each step. Your instructor will attempt to use the English she knows to explain verbally as well, but the packets of instructions are also in English and should compensate for any inability to communicate with your instructor. If you find that you do need more help, there are office workers who speak English and can help with any tricky parts. The majority of students do not find the language barrier an issue and enjoy connecting with someone from another culture.
4. Can I take an advanced level backstrap weaving course?
No, the CTTC is currently offering a one-day basic backstrap weaving workshop and does not offer advanced level classes in any course out of respect for the weavers. This knowledge is their cultural patrimony and heritage. They choose to share it with you out of a desire that more people should come to respect Cusqueñan textiles, and a belief that one of the best ways to foster this respect is to teach the very basics of techniques and designs. If you would like to learn more about the intellectual rights of indigenous peoples, we suggest the book Who Owns Native Culture? by Michael F. Brown.
5. I can’t dedicate a full day to taking classes, can I take half a day of classes?
Yes, you can attend to the one-day weaving workshop during the hours that you are available but be aware that you will need to pay for te entire one-day session. Due to logistics, it will not be possible to split up a full day workshop into two days of half-day workshops.
6. I’m a total beginner and have never woven before. Are these classes for me?
Yes! Even if you have no previous experience at all with any kind of weaving technique, these classes are for you. Don’t worry about coming in with no previous experience, this is what we are here for!
7. I’m an accomplished weaver. Could I start at a more advanced level in my workshop?
Backstrap weaving is very different from other styles of weaving. Even if you are an experienced weaver in other techniques, this does not necessarily lend itself easily to the backstrap loom. We suggest that if you have never woven specifically with the backstrap loom in the double-sided technique of the Cusco region that you still start at the basics.
8. My child would like to learn to weave, is this workshop appropriate for children?
Yes, the weaving workshop is appropriate for children. Most weavers begin learning to spin and weave when they are around 8 years old, sometimes younger. You will know best, however, if a day long workshop, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, will be too much for your child.
9. How do I reserve a class? How do I sign up for a workshop?
Please sign up for your class on-line by filling out the Class Sign-Up Form or write us to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You reserve your workshop for the dates you choose on the form. If you are already in Cusco, you can sign up for it in our store on Av. Sol 603.
10. How far in advance must I sign up for the workshop?
You must sign-up for the weaving workshop at least 1 week in advance.
11. When do I pay for my workshop?
The CTTC receives payment for workshops in the store on Av. Sol 603, Cusco. You must pay for the workshop at least one weeks in advance in the store. We accept Visa and Mastercard, or you can pay in cash in either Peruvian Soles or US dollars. We currently do not accept online payment for workshops.
12. Do you offer student discounts?
Yes, we offer a 10% discount to enrolled students. Please present your student ID when you pay.
13. Do you offer discounts for large groups?
Yes, we offer discounted packages for large groups. Please contact us if you are interested in signing up a group for classes.
14. How do I find the CTTC once I am in Cusco?
It is very easy to find us, we’re located on Av. Sol 603, the very first building after the green yard of Qorikancha. Qorikancha is the huge Inca temple that has a large expanse of green grass and ruins along Av. Sol.