Chinchero, Peru: A Message from Nilda

Chinchero, Peru

Dear Friends,

You are about to see pictures of my family and the village where I grew up–Chinchero, Peru. We in the Andes mountains live a long distance from many of you. But the world is changing and our lives are and will become more connected.

When I was young, shepherding in the mountains, I never would have imagined that some day I would receive a degree from the University in Cusco, make trips to the United States and other countries, have friends from different parts of the world, and communicate long distances by fax, the internet or e-mail. I never would have imagined that I could create a Center to help my community and other communities of weavers to continue our art.

I guess you never know what is in your future, especially if you come from a small place. But it is relationships that make a difference. It doesn’t matter what languages we speak, the level of education we have, the society in which we grew up, or the part of the world in which we live. We can do surprising things if we share with each other.

That is why I invite you to discover my culture and family, our lives and activities.

Saludos,
Nilda Callañaupa

 

Background

Nilda Callañaupa is an expert weaver who has traveled to the United States and elsewhere on a number of occasions to teach and give presentations at Harvard, Cornell, the University of Vermont, Brown, the Textile Museum in Washington, DC., and other institutions. Her expertise is recognized by international scholars of Inca textiles and culture.

Nilda Callañaupa is an expert weaver who has traveled to the United States and elsewhere on a number of occasions to teach and give presentations at Harvard, Cornell, the University of Vermont, Brown, the Textile Museum in Washington, DC., and other institutions. Her expertise is recognized by international scholars of Inca textiles and culture.

She has appeared on television documentaries as a spokesperson for her culture. Nilda’s weavings have been exhibited in Peru, the US, and elsewhere. Nilda lives in Cusco, Peru with her husband and two children.