A mother and daughter sit in an Inca niche, preparing to trade at the market. The mother represents the “older” generation of people who wear the traditional dress of Chinchero every day.
Because of the new road that links the village to the city of Cusco, Chinchero is changing at a rapid pace. Younger people now wear machine-made city clothes, even though they also use the family’s mantas and hand-woven pieces.
How long will villagers from Chinchero and other communities continue to weave the variety of Andean textiles we still see today?
One of the goals of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco is to help young people in the villages recognize the importance of continuing their complicated textile tradition. The Center is assembling a collection representing different styles, patterns, layouts, and techniques of weavings. In case knowledge is lost, examples will be available for use by future generations.