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Our projects

The CTTC following its mission have been working in many projects over three decades to: research, experiment, build skills, socialize and preserve the Andean Textile Traditions.

Weavers from the Ten Communities

Indigo Project

Blue is famously known as the hardest color to dye naturally. It only can be produced with a single plant: Indigo or Anil in Spanish. Its dyeing process is long, very difficult, and can easily be frustrated by any change in pH, temperature, exposure to oxygen, among other factors. Both great experience and great luck are required to naturally produce beautiful blue dyes.

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Weavers from the Ten Communities

Current Projects: With Support From Andean Textile Arts - ATA

In the last years, the CTTC has been exploring the high skill of the weavers in the traditional textile production. Some ways in which this exploration has taken place has been through the many weaving competitions and through the accomplishment of remarkable textiles from special commissions

 

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Youth Weavers Students in Cusco

Youth Student Weavers group

The Center supports and promotes young weaver groups  who are doing  superior studies in Cusco city, to continue to weave. These young weavers are the  children of  the weaver’s in the ten associations that CTTC works with. Many of these students require opportunities to create income for their needs. Also, they are master weavers who could share their skills in the administration work in the main office of CTTC in Cusco City.

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All Lovers of Textile Art

CTTC Tinkuy: Gathering of Weavers

The Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco has organized three international weaving gatherings so far. The CTTC Tinkuy: Gathering of the Textile Arts was created with the intention to reunite and give a platform to local weavers to participate, learn, share, and promote the Andean textile traditions with other weavers, scholars, Andean textile lovers, researchers, and the general public. Each Tinkuy has presented a remarkable program lauded by participants

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Weavers from the Ten Communities

The Revival of Ancient Techniques

One of the main goals established for the international cultural event and conference organized by the CTTC, Tinkuy: Gathering of Weavers

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Weavers from the Ten Communities

The Revival of Ancient Techniques

Double Weave is an ancient technique widely practiced by pre-Columbian cultures that fell out of use since the Spanish invasion and was eventually

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Weavers from the Ten Communities

The Revival of Ancient Techniques

The knotting technique was mostly present during the Wari and Tiahuanaco Andean ancient cultures (c. 700-1100 AC). The sophisticated and complex technique

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Weavers from Pitumarca

The Revival of Ancient Techniques

This is an ancient and complex technique that was only maintained in the district of Pitumarca, internationally known for their revival of this technique. Ticlla,

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Weavers from the Ten Communities

The Revival of Ancient Techniques

During 2006 and 2007, the CTTC in conjunction with the National Geographic held, for the first time, a research project on the textiles of the ice maiden who was found

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Weavers from the Ten Communities

The Revival of Ancient Techniques

One of the characteristic garments of the indigenous population in the modern era is the poncho. It's external appearance and the act of wearing it makes the poncho

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Weavers from the Ten Communities

The Revival of Ancient Techniques

This poncho was also given as a present to José de San Martin, other of the Argentinan general who proclaimed the independence of Peru on July 28, 1821,

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Weavers from Chinchero

The Giant Traditional Lliklla of Chinchero

This project was born in the fall of 2018 carried out by the first CTTC weavers association, the master weavers of the "Away Riqchariqcheq" weaving center of Chinchero. The goal of the weavers was to weave in pieces and join later each module to create the largest traditional Manta of Chinchero. It was a communal decision made with the dream to accomplish something unique and special due that some master weavers are aging.  Initially aiming to participate in the  Guinness  World Records, the weavers began working together towards their one-of-a-kind goal, spending several months spinning, naturally dyeing (especially with indigo as the base color present in the pampa), warping, weaving, and finally achieving to focused on the finishings of the giant lliklla. It was a deeply challenging project, probably the most defiant in these weavers' lives, taking nearly a year to its completion under a very tight time scheduled. Once the Chinchero weavers gave birth to the biggest and most powerful lliklla of modern times, they needed even to be assisted by their husbands when moving it, since its weight surrounded the 110 kilos and their total dimensions achieved the 120 cm x 110 cm. It was a dream to produce the largest piece of handspun yarn with naturally dyed colors woven in the ancestral Andean backstrap loom.

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Weavers from the Ten Communities

Current Projects: With Support From Andean Textile Arts - ATA

Amidst these unconventional and challenging times, the CTTC’s priority has been to help weavers as much as possible, reimagining new ways to continue supporting the fair-trade of their

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Weavers from the Ten Communities

Current Projects: With Support From Andean Textile Arts - ATA

The Khipu workshop is specially focused on the CTTC younger weavers generations, navigating the multiple perspectives that have surrounded the ‘Talking Knots’  throughout time,

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Weavers from the Ten Communities

Current Projects: With Support From Andean Textile Arts - ATA

To continue with the mission of the revitalization of discontinued ancestral techniques in the Cusco region, the CTTC has selected the pre-Columbian tapestry technique

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