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 come since its early days as a group of friends meeting to weave in each other’s homes.
President of the Board of Trustees
Miryam 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.
Hilda Roque Perez
Treasurer of the Board of Trustees
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 both Tinkuy 2013 and Tinkuy 2017. When she can escape from the office Hilda likes to take to the mountains, going on hikes with her family.
Secretary of the Board of Trustees
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. She now serves the CTTC as the secretary of the board of trustees where she also participates as a member. When not asking for help on her latest weaving project, you can find Sarah hiking throughout the mountains around Cusco or at home with her cat Elowen.
Board of Trustees
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.
Flora Callañaupa de Hendrickson
Board of Trustees
Flora is a weaver from the community of Chinchero and has been part of the Board of Trustees of the CTTC since its beginnings. Since she was a little girl, Flora has been in contact with the process of Andean weaving passed down from generation to generation in her community since old times. Nowadays, she lives between Cusco and Chinchero, and every time she goes to the latter she gives weaving demonstrations to the visitors at the local weaver’s association called “AWAY”, which means “to weave” in Quechua.
Diana Hendrickson Callañaupa
Board of Trustees
Diana comes to us from a unique background. Born in Cusco, she grew up between Chinchero and Cusco then moved to the USA for six years to pursue higher education, graduating from the University of Wisconsin River Falls with a degree in International Studies and Spanish. After graduation, Diana returned to Peru to work with the CTTC from 2015 to 2016. In 2018 she joined the Board of Trustees.
Yolanda Jaimes Callañaupa
Board of Trustees
Coordinator of the Community Development Department
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.
María José Murillo
Coordinator of the Education Department
Bio coming soon!
Katherine Auccacusi Quispe
Assistant of the Department of Community Development
Katherine is a weaver who is interested in preserving the Andean iconography through weaving. Born in Chinchero, she joined the CTTC team in 2018. Katy works with the Young Weavers Groups of each community, supporting and encouraging them to become better weavers and to continue with their textile traditions through their art. She is also responsible for doing all kinds of coordination between the Center and the ten weaving associations with which we work.
Tatiana Charalla Quintanilla
Assistant of the Education Department
Tatiana started working with the CTTC in 2010, as part of the sales team. Throughout those first years, she learned about the particularity of each woven piece depending on their place of origin, the material in which they were made, the process of natural dyeing, among other specificities. She was amazed by the stunning work that each of the master weavers was able to make with their hands. In 2015, she moved to the textile acquisitions area. A few years later, Tati was part of the team that organized Tinkuy 2017. Now the assistant of the Education Department, Tatiana considers herself a supporter of the Center’s mission focusing on recuperating Andean textile traditions and making them known. She loves to spend time with her husband and her 5-year-old son.
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.
Information Technology supervisor
Kenny started working with the CTTC in 2018, supervising the proper functioning of all our systems and equipment. Kenny’s work is extremely important for the Center not only because all our information is stored and managed through those systems but also because they help to calculate a fair price every time the Textile Acquisitions department buys weavings -which happens at the beginning of each month. That calculator has helped the weavers to receive a fair price for their woven pieces and the NGO to operate under fair trade conditions. Throughout this short time, Kenny has characterized for been efficient, helpful and patient in resolving all the technological concerns of people at the office.
Edit Banda Bautista
Edit has recently joined the CTTC team as the main cashier of the Center. She is in charge of managing all the accounts, as well as the payments, the financial reports, and the purchases. Edit is always surrounded by good energy when she is working, which makes people at the office feel more relaxed every time they need to do financial operations.
Anika Huaman Rimayhuamán
Anika began working with the CTTC in 2010 as part of the sales team, before taking over the area of consignments in 2016. Now, she is in charge of administrating the Center’s storeroom. 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.
Miriam Curse Ccapatinta
Miriam started working with the Center in 2014 in charge of the sales area. Recently, she moved to the acquisitions area where she supervises the purchases process, the categorization of the pieces and, finally, its codification. Once this process is finalized, she is in charge of making sure that the textiles enter the storage room in the correct way. Throughout her life, Miriam has been very devoted to the Señor de Qoyllority, in whose festivity she participates in the traditional dances accompanied by her family.
Domingo Halanocca Higuera
Domingo works with the weavers to receive the textiles they bring in each month, pricing and categorizing each piece. He joined the CTTC in 2002 as part of the storage room area. Domingo has always been very fond of the mission of the NGO to support the communities and revive old designs. Domingo’s wife is from Chinchero and she is part of the local weaving association called “AWAY”. They have two daughters who are their biggest motivation. When not working in the offices, Domingo participates in Chinchero festivals where he dances traditional roles.
Maria Esther Quispe Quispe
Quality Control and Sewing Shop Supervisor
Maria Esther is a weaver from Chinchero who, together with the team of textiles acquisitions, is in charge of supervising the quality of the woven pieces, the combination of colors and the designs throughout the purchase period. The rest of the time, she is mostly in charge of delivering the textiles to the sewing shop so they can be transformed into cushion covers, bags, placemats, vests, etc. Once she receives the textiles already transformed into the different products mentioned before, Maria Esther is in charge of entering the codes for each piece and adding them to the storeroom.
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.
Narcisa Huamán Quipo
Narcisa has been working with the CTTC for many years. She began as the person in charge of washing and ironing the weavings once they were purchased by the Acquisitions Department. Currently, she also takes care of the cleaning duties in the Center. Narcisa is a proud mother of four men who support her whenever she needs extra hands.
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 works at our fair-trade shops located in Cusco and Chinchero.
Yanet Melo Rojo
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 not only gave her a leg up while studying tourism at San Antonio Abad University in Cusco but helps her excelled in every task she pursues. Rosita works at the CTTC in the shop, explaining about techniques and traditions to visitors.
Ruth Pérez Quispe
Bio coming soon!
Evelin Zarsanaula Jordán
Bio coming soon!
Verónica Quispe García
Bio coming soon!