Andean Weaving

Backstrap Loom
Backstrap Loom

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Nilda lives in the mountains of Peru. She has tended sheep since she was small. She demonstrates the preparation of her sheep and llama wool for spinning and uses Nuchu flowers to create a red dye.

Nilda and her sisters, Antonia and Flora weave with backstrap looms and make small belts to sell at market and larger textile pieces called Mantas.
The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco is dedicated to keep traditional weaving practices alive. They document different weaving designs and provide a venue for weavers throughout Peru to demonstrate and teach their art. They ask for donations to assist them in their efforts.
Pre-Columbian Textiles
An image collection of Peruvian textiles.


Ancient Andean Textiles
Traditional textiles were made of finely spun alpaca yarn and culturally more viable than gold or silver. Unfortunately, today, these beautiful heirlooms are often sold and cut up to decorate handbags and wallets.
Eye Pattern
A boy weaves a traditional eye pattern
Peruvian Weaving Video
A continuous warp for 500 years – Dr. Junius Bird of the American Museum of Natural History demonstrates his technique of reconstructing the patterns on backstrap and 4 stake looms.


Eddie Sulca
Eddie Sulca is a master weaver specializing in 3 dimensional Peruvian weaving, learned from traditional Wari weavers. His tapestries are made with natural dyes, gathered from local berries, leaves, branches, roots and insects and handspun sheep wool.
Puchka Peru
Puchka Peru offers a variety of cultural tours and learning workshops for artisans and others interested in working with Peruvian masters and folk artists.

Peruvian Textiles
Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands: Dreaming Patterns, Weaving Memories
Andean Folk Knitting: Traditions and Techniques from Peru and Bolivia
Andean Folk Knitting: Traditions and Techniques from Peru and Bolivia
Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands: Dreaming Patterns, Weaving Memories
Andean Sling Braids: New Designs for Textile Artists

Last Updated on March 18, 2021 by Paivi Suomi

By Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about traditional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi