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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

Textile Innovations

 

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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

Paracas and Nazca Looping

 

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Weavers from the Ten Communities

The Revival of Ancient Techniques

Double Weave

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Weavers from the Ten Communities

The Revival of Ancient Techniques

Knotting

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Weavers from Pitumarca

The Revival of Ancient Techniques

Ticlla: Discontinuous Warp and Weft

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Weavers from the Ten Communities

The Revival of Ancient Techniques

Mummy Juanita’s Textile Replica

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Weavers from the Ten Communities

The Revival of Ancient Techniques

Replica of Simon Bolivar’s Poncho

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Weavers from the Ten Communities

The Revival of Ancient Techniques

Replica of San Martin’s Poncho

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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

Development of New Products: Deepening the Recovered Ancestral Techniques

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Weavers from the Ten Communities

Current Projects: With Support From Andean Textile Arts - ATA

The Khipu as a Record Workshop

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Weavers from the Ten Communities

Current Projects: With Support From Andean Textile Arts - ATA

The Recovery of Tapestry Weaving in the Cusco Region

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