Weaving in Peru — 2006

Weaver in Chinchero

As it is for many travelers, Machu Picchu was the highlight of my trip to Peru. But while there I had many memorable experiences and saw phenomenal sights.

Throughout the country, I often stopped to see weavers. That included every step in the process. I met alpaca and vicuna from where the wool is sourced, watched the wool being dyed using local plants (and commercial dyes), and woven on a variety of looms.

The weavers were always women, usually surrounded by children. It’s a very social activity. The work is intricate and the end product gorgeous.