The incredible textile traditions of the Peruvian highlands go back thousands of years. From intricate backstrap weaving to beautifully patterned knit hats, the talent of the Andean artists is truly marvelous.
For those who want to see some of these terrific textiles close up (and perhaps purchase some of their own to take home), the exhibit Weaving Lives: Transforming Textile Traditions in the Peruvian Highlands is a must-see. The exhibit was co-curated by Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, director of The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC), and Marilyn Murphy, founding partner of ClothRoads, and it features traditional textiles from from contemporary weavers living in the nine communities associated with the CTTC.
The exhibit will be on display at the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising in Fort Collins, Colorado from February 21 through August 2. The museum, which is located in the Center for the Arts Annex of Colorado State University, will also be hosting three lectures and two workshops to coincide with the exhibit.
With few exceptions, the textiles on display will also be for sale, and there will also be a trunk show of other works by CTTC artists from February 21–24, put on by ClothRoads. More information on the exhibit, lectures, workshops, and trunk show can be found on the museum’s official website.