Monday, November 19, 2012

Weaving demonstration and market in Chinchero

On Sunday, a few friends and I went to Chinchero (small town about a 30 minute drive from Cusco) to learn about Peruvian weaving.  We got a wonderful demonstration by a friend's friend's mom and her fellow weavers.  It was awesome!

Preparing for the demonstration
The wool before it is washed

Washing the wool

The root used as wool shampoo
First washing the sheep wool before dying it.  
Straining the wool after washing it

The supplies

Spinning the yarn on a spindle - first single ply yarn and then double ply it to make it more durable and less likely to pill.
They do this while they walk (or dance as they joked) - always productive!

Showing different plants that are used to dye the yarn - all the yarn they use is dyed naturally

This corn is used to create different shades of purple

Picking a cochinea - beetle that grows on the prickly pear cactus

Prickly pear cactus

Squishing the cochinea makes red!

Adding lime lightens the color

One way to dye the yarn

Instant color!

Adding something else to change the color a bit

And now its orange

Tending the fire - more color options cooking on the wood stove

Cooking chilka leaves to use for green 

Looks like spaghetti, but its yarn

Chilka green yarn - it instantly changed colors which amazed me.  Just seconds in the pot and it was this color

Showing the change from white to green

Showing how they weave the yarn

More spinning - and a wonderful smile!

Telling us this is a bone from a tourist who didn't buy anything  ;)
Really from an alpaca and used in the weaving process

Kezia gave it a try

Lots of yarn!

Just a few simple things makes so many beautiful items!

Beautiful finished products

A cool store front in town

Beautiful mountains everywhere

At the local market

I just love markets and watching people 

These women were bartering and trading without exchanging any money

Simply love her expression

Yummy peppers

Cooking food to sell

Trying their hands at the bone flute

More beautiful weavings at the market

One of the lovely ladies who showed us her craft and Kezia

With Sarah

I can never be serious, eh?