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Cusco Center for Traditional Textiles
The artisans who weave these bags are members of the Cusco Center for Traditional Textiles (CTTC), an organization established in 1996 to aid in the survival of Peruvian Inca textiles and weaving traditions. The women are traditionally the weavers and begin as very young children hand-spinning yarn on a drop spindle. Then they begin learning the ancient art of intricate weaving, with a complementary warp technique producing a double-faced pattern which is the same both front and back with opposite colors. As the young weavers practice over many years, the traditional designs are masterfully committed to memory and recorded in the weave itself. The soft and strong fibers are from the alpaca and sheep retain their original oils so they resist soiling. The natural dyes are extracted from flowers, roots, insects and barks. Almost lost, the CTTC has worked to recover the ancient patterns and dyes.
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