Weaving Lives: Transforming Textile Traditions in the Peruvian Highlands
February 21, 2013 – August 2, 2013
The Avenir Museum of Design & Merchandising is located at 150 Aylesworth Hall, SE on the campus of Colorado State University, Fort Collins. The museum is pleased to present Weaving Lives: Transforming Textile Traditions in the Peruvian Highlands. This exhibit will explore the vital traditions and transformations of weaving, spinning and dyeing in the Peruvian Highland villages. Textile traditions and current weaving culture of the nine communities associated with The Center for Traditional Textiles in Cusco (CTTC), Peru will be the focus of this exhibition.
Third Thursday Lecture Series
Thursday, February 21, 7 p.m. – Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, Guest Co-Curator and Director of CTTC, presents the opening lecture Weaving Traditions in the Cusco Region. The lecture will be accompanied by a backstrap weaving demonstration and opening reception. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.
Thursday, March 28th, 7 p.m. – Marilyn Murphy, Guest Co-Curator and founding partner of ClothRoads, A Global Textile Marketplace, will explore Artisan Weaving Cooperatives and Their Sustainability into the Future. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Thursday, April 18th, 7 p.m. –Dr. Susan J. Torntore, Avenir Curator, weaves together The Historical Context of Peruvian Textiles. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Guest Curator Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez will offer two hands-on workshops in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition. Each workshop is limited to 15 participants.
Saturday, February 23, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Andean Hat Knitting the Chinchero Style; Cost $100, lunch and materials included
Sunday, February 24, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ñawi Awapa: A Tubular Edging for Textiles; Cost $60, materials included