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February 25, 2013 Ancient Textile Traditions of Chinchero

by guest blogger, Kezia Huseman Chinchero is a small village in Peru, located in the departamento (state) of Cusco but it is about 28 kilometers (17 miles) northwest of the city of Cusco.  The village gets quite a bit of … Continue reading

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September 1, 2011 Color Me Natural

Every day we’re flooded with alarming warnings about the modern lifestyle and its impact on the environment, from dyes and pesticides to plastics.  As eco-awareness increasingly sweeps across the world, it’s refreshing to remember the natural, sustainable practices in places … Continue reading

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June 16, 2010 Threads of Peru Fiber Dyeing Workshop Revives Traditions

by guest blogger, Kelsey Quam Last month, the textile project Threads of Peru sponsored a wool dyeing workshop led by textile expert Daniel Sonqo in the remote indigenous communities of Chaullaqocha, Chupani, and Rumira. Weavers of each community weavers association … Continue reading

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January 11, 2010 Color Your World…Naturally

 Women in Pitumarka dye alpaca in cochineal (photo courtesy of Kelsey Quam) In a world where more and more objects are created artificially, it’s comforting to know that dyes can still be obtained from natural sources—mainly plants, animals and minerals. … Continue reading

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December 9, 2009 Seeing Red

What is it about red that attracts people? The hottest of all the warm-spectrum colors, red is emotionally intense and physically stimulating, the color of fire, energy, strength and vitality. Red motivates, red stirs the blood, commands attention—it even raises … Continue reading

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