Traditional Andean weaving and textiles in the Cuzco region of Peru are a fascinating mix of color, pattern, and deeply rooted meaning. Here are some of our favorite examples of this lovely and meaningful handicraft and the people who do it.

Andean Weavers Peru

Karen sitting with weavers in Peru.

spinning wool lares valley

Women in the Andes are rarely seen without a spinning wheel unless their hands are busy with other work.

Weavers Lares Valley trail

Weavers and their children in the Lares Valley.

natural alpaca wool peru

Alpaca fibers are spun into yarn which is then dyed, often using natural plant-and-mineral-based dyes.

natural wool dyes cusco

Just a few of the natural ingredients which are used to dye yarn before weaving in Peru.

dying alpaca wool cusco

A weaver explaining how yarn is dyed before weaving.

chinchero weaver peru

A weaver near Chinchero in Peru.

traditional weaving cusco

A traditional backstrap loom in use in Peru.

peruvian weaver

A traditional backstrap loom in use in Peru.

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Colors are intense and patterns can be intricate in traditional textiles in Peru.

traditional andean weaver

A weaver’s pattern emerges.

Weaving CTTS Cusco

A weaver at work in the Centro de Textiles de Cusco store, which we highly recommend if you want to purchase high-quality textiles in Cuzco.

weaving Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco

A weaver at work in the Centro de Textiles de Cusco store, which we highly recommend if you want to purchase high-quality textiles in Cuzco.

backstrap loom weaving cusco

A weaver at work in the Centro de Textiles de Cusco store, which we highly recommend if you want to purchase high-quality textiles in Cuzco.

traditional weaver cusco

Men learn and practice weaving techniques as well.

Find out more about travel to this part of the country in our 4-part City Travel Guide covering hotels, restaurants, attractions, and archaeological sites in Cuzco, Peru.

If you want to learn more about traditional Andean textile weaving, buy high-quality, fair trade textiles contact, or arrange tours to textile producing villages contact Threads of Peru in Cuzco.

 

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