Submitted by: Asis Kumar Sanyal
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In late 1970s due to influx of the tourist market, the 2000-years old eco-friendly tradition of textile weaving techniques and patterns of Peru was almost dying out as the style of life was fast changing and it was much more difficult and time consuming way to produce the fine crafts. But Nilda Callanaupa, a native of Chinchero village near Cusco, Peru with the mission to revive traditional and ancient techniques of weaving on backstrap looms using hand spun wools dyed by hand with traditional natural dyes, formed a group of active weavers in Chinchero. As a result, after hard work for decades, in 1996 ‘The Centre for Traditional Textiles of Cusco’, a non profit organization has been established to aid in the survival of Incan textile traditions. As a matter of fact, now in Chinchero the age-old weaving traditions are gaining ground and the young people are encouraged to learn these weaving skills so that the valuable eco-friendly Inca weaving traditions are preserved for the future.
Name of the Photographer : Asis Kumar Sanyal
Date of Photograph : 20th Oct, 2008.
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