Share in the love of textiles with weavers from around the world…
Tinkuy is more than a weaving conference. It is more than the sum of its workshops and demonstrations. Tinkuy is an experience that stays with you for a lifetime. It is a celebration of the textile art as expressed in dozens of cultures from almost every continent. The word ‘tinkuy’ means ‘gathering’ in Quechua, the indigenous language spoken by many people in the Andes. As its name implies, Tinkuy gathers together textile artists and enthusiasts from across the globe to honor the wealth and diversity of their fiber traditions.
Tinkuy de Tejedores 2010 – A Gathering of Weavers 2010
November 5th – 8th, 2013
The first Tinkuy was held in Urubamba in the sunny Sacred Valley. For four days weavers from across the Americas shared their traditions and learned from each other about different types of natural dyeing, weaving techniques, and textile traditions. Each day consisted of themed talks, presentations by the weavers, and demonstrations. Some of the invited speakers included D.Y. Begay of the Navajo Nation, textile artist Judith Mackenzie, Cusco anthropologist Dr. Jorge Flores Ochoa, the expert on New World textiles Ann Pollard Rowe, Mexican weaver Modesto Efren Nava Vega, and American indigenous art historian Mary Frame, amongst many others.
Highlights of the first Tinkuy included the hands-on workshops which taught natural dying with Andean plants and insects, backstrap weaving, Andean knitting from the community of Chinchero, and the unique tubular edging technique ñawi awapa. The first Tinkuy was such a success that it left everyone hungry for more: more presentations, more workshops, more time to share traditions and meet weavers from so many walks of life. Talk began of making Tinkuy into a regular tradition.
Tinkuy de Tejedores 2013 – A Gathering of Weavers 2013
November 12th – 15th, 2013
The second Tinkuy began with a parade that took the center of Cusco by storm. Hundreds of weavers from Peru, Bolivia, Guatemala, México, India, and the Navajo Nation, amongst others, dazzled Cusco with their traditional clothing and dance. Altomisayoqkuna, spiritual leaders, from the Q’ero Nation of Peru opened the second Tinkuy with a blessing along with Quechua elders from different communities.
Keynote speakers during the three days of the conference included Dr. Jorge Flores Ochoa of Cusco, Dr. Ramiro Matos of the National Museum of the American Indian, Hugh Thomson author of The White Rock and Cochineal Red, and Judy Frater anthropologist and director of Kala Raksha Vidyalaya in Kutch, India. Seminar and workshop leaders included Dr. Mary Frame of Canada, Olga Reiche of Guatemala, Jennifer Moore, Karen Gibbs, Mimi Robinson, and Mary Littrell from the U.S., amongst others.
After presentations, talks, and workshops, each day concluded with a social and cultural event. A light hearted spinning competition pitted different types of spinners and spindles against each other, while another night brought down the house with a fashion show and musical presentation. Following the end of the official conference, a number of participants attended an additional dyeing seminar in the community of Chinchero, just outside the city of Cusco.