Peru

Fiber: Chapter 7: Colores! Colores!

Since I arrived in Calca, I have been trying to find a natural dyeing workshop to learn how the Quechua traditionally dyed their fiber. I was especially interested in a four-day homestay in a small village sponsored by an organization called Awamaki which is located in Ollantaytambo. However, they would not have any excursions until …

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Fiber: Chapter 6: Revisiting Arequipa’s Fiber Mills

Last year, when I was in Arequipa, I wrote about my disappointment in trying to find natural alpaca fiber and yarn in the city that has several large fiber mills.  This year, I made another attempt to explore Arequipa’s fiber and was a bit more rewarded for my efforts. However to find women (and men) working …

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How to Get your Hair Washed and NOT go to the Movies in Peru!

Spanish lesson for the day: In Spanish,  “socks”  is calcetínes and “hot” (plural) is calientes. Say those words out loud. Don’t they sound almost the same? No? Well maybe it is just me. Okay, my Spanish is lousy! One thing I do is get similar words mixed up all the time. For example, one day I …

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