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Sacred Valley Textiles
The Jakira weaving technique, sometimes called intermesh, produces a very sturdy, thick fabric used only for belts and is executed in the high regions around Pisac, such as Patabamba and Chahuaytire. Jakira is only woven in belts, never woven in big pieces like rugs or ponchos, perhaps due to the difficulty of the technique and in addition there is a rather formidable and heavy belt that is used by young men...the young men use them as belts or straps when they carry heavy cargo and also to wrap up a child, especially since they are so strong. Pilar Ojeda from Patabamba. Quotation from Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands by Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez
Textile systems developed in Peru over the millennia represent a treasury of techniques rare in the world. Most remain unknown outside of Peru. They are passed on, not by writing, but by the Andean process of person-to-person communication, by watching and practicing. Peruvian weaving is a ritual activity with many layers of meaning.
Peruvian textiles honor Pachamama, Mother Earth. They express appreciation for the process of growth and generation and the concept of relatedness to other species and the natural world. Many people find inspiration in the ideas of indigenous people who developed systems of survival in this hemisphere before the time of Columbus. Icons and symbols expressed in the arts that inspire a respect for the earth can help to keep alive our efforts at preservation and conservation. Source: Center for Traditional Textiles in Cusco