Tejer en los Andes, un diálogo con el origen

Weaving in the Andes, a dialogue with the origin

Paulina, a high Andean weaver from the Acchahuata community, stakes four sticks in the ground to begin her journey towards assembling the cloak, with the technique that her grandmother and her mother taught her... After choosing her wool, (dyed with natural dyes) he combines and develops the design that he feels through a system of two intertwining threads... "and in its framework, with infinite patience, those thousands of years of abstraction that are part of his genetics and conscience are shaped."
"Knitting in the Andes is not just knitting; it is holding a dialogue with the origin. It is a very efficient communication system between the beginning of life and this present moment. Knitting is capturing information from the cosmos, recognizing oneself in the divine and manifest it with apparent simplicity in a complex Andean cloak”

"In life it is spun, unraveled and spun again"

Manually spinning sheep fibers is an art. The wool goes up and down, up and down, spinning at speed as it winds around the spinning wheel. Doing so requires a lot of skill and experience.

It is beautiful to observe how the weavers are spinning without looking at their hands, while; they talk, take care of their flocks, walk or carry out another trade.

They are always prepared, they carry in their "lliclla" (blanket that they carry on their backs) the wool, the spindle and the distaff, the last two are portable instruments that allow them to spin their fibers at any time of the day.

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