Weaving Together

Friends weave together in a field in Chinchero. Nilda, the expert weaver, visits and encourages them as they work on their first weavings called “jakimas” (pronounced in English as “hakimas.” Children in Chinchero learn by watching, not by instruction or “telling.” No one gives weavers written instructions. Children have watched members of their family weave and now they experiment on their own, learning to keep the information and number arrangements in their heads.

To make their small jakima backstrap “looms” children count twenty or more lengths of yarn the and call that their warp. They measure the lengths by winding yarns around two stakes set in the ground (seen in the far left bottom corner of the photograph below.)