Masterclass traditional Andean weaving

Tue 12-03-2019 - Wed 13-03-2019
Sat 16-03-2019 - Sun 17-03-2019

The Art & History Museum in collaboration with the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco, organises two two-day masterclasses where the Belgian public can sample traditional Andean weaving techniques. Alina Cusihuaman and Urbana Turpo, two weavers from Chinchero, will demonstrate how to set up and use a backstrap loom. This small and portable type of loom is typical of the region and has been in use for generations. Weavers traditionally produce narrow strips of fabrics to  make belts or decorations but also longer pieces that are later sown together to make clothing. The exhibition INCA Dress Code features several of these looms.

Textiles play an important part in everyday Andean life. After all, clothing protects against the rough mountain climate. For centuries, ingenious weaving techniques, fresh colours and original motifs have been an integral part of the identity of the peoples of the Andes region. The Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco (CTTC) is a non-profit association established in 1996 by a few local weavers and their entourage. The goal of the Centre is to saveguard local weaving traditions and to offer support to the weavers. At the moment the Centre works with 10 groups of weavers from the region of Cuzco. It makes sure the women get paid a fair price for their products which they make at the centre itself. This way they can earn money to build or extend their houses, send their children to school etc. In order to preserve and pass on these age-old techniques, the Centre also organises workshops and competitions. And last, but not least, it offers support to younger women as they in turn learn the trade from established weavers.

Workshops organised in the context of the exhibition INCA Dress Code

The weavers speak Spanish. A museum worker will be present to translate.

Aimed at
Adults (from 16 years)

Tu 12 - We 13.03.2019 from 10:30 to 16:30
Sat 16 - Sun 17.03.2019 from 10:30 to 16:30

€ 150 including two-day workshop, materials and lunch

T: 02/741 73 02 (Tu-Fr 9:00-12:00 & 13:00-16:00)