Monday, December 5, 2011

Peruvian weaving demonstration in Amesbury, Massachusetts

(By ANDINA). A little bit of Peru has come to Amesbury, Massachusetts this weekend as accomplished Peruvian weaver and dyer Gabby Puma Sallo is presenting a traditional Peruvian weaving and dyeing demonstration at the Riverwalk Bead Shop and Gallery.
Using a back strap loom, Salla demonstrates the traditional weaving process while sharing the history and process of creating the ancient traditional textile weavings of the Andes.

She is discussing how alpaca and sheep's wool are washed, spun and dyed with root and vegetable material, to create the many vivid colors used in weaving.

She will add another dimension by explaining the traditional symbols used in Peruvian weaving to honor the many elements of nature and the spirit world.

The Riverwalk Bead Shop and Gallery will have on hand Salla’s weavings as well as woven items from Ausangate, Puno/Lake Titicaca, Cusco and Chinchero/Mastanas, in Peru.

Items that are on display and for sale include belts, bags, table runners, rugs, blankets, alpaca gloves, sweaters, hats and ponchos and more, some of which are more than 100 years old.

The hope is that sales will help to support the weavers and their communities.


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