A Textile Traveler’s Guide to Peru and Bolivia

By Cynthia LeCunt Samaké Paperback | 152 Pages ISBN: 9781732352858 From weekly village markets in the Peruvian highlands to fanciful costumes of Bolivia’s Carnival, author Cynthia LeCount Samaké guides readers through the living legacy of two-thousand years of textile tradition in the Andean highlands and beyond. Samaké draws on her decades of independent travel in […]

A Tricky Stitch from the Peruvian Highlands


One of my favorite Andean textiles is the humble potato sack, or costal. It’s deeply traditional, handsome, and almost indestructible. I first saw costales in use when I visited the very high village of Accha Alta in 2005. The area is known for the best and most varied potatoes, but the terrain is so steep […]

A Long and Winding Road to Peru and Bolivia

My friendship with Cynthia Lecount Samaké, author of our new A Textile Traveler’s Guide to Peru & Bolivia, has been a long and winding road, much like the tours she leads to far flung places all over the world. It started in the early 1990s when Interweave, which I then headed, bought rights to her […]

A Textile Traveler’s Guide to Peru and Bolivia

Geared for the independent-minded traveler, this is an excellent resource for discovering artisans, markets, shops, and the best places to buy and see textiles. From some of the world’s finest knitting and weaving in the Peruvian highlands to the intricate “dream-weaving” and embroidery of Bolivia, readers will discover the color, joy, and culture of traditional textiles.

I Want to Give You a Scarf from Peru

Win a Peruvian Scarf

In our very first Thrums Books textile giveaway, you have a chance to win one of my treasured Peruvian scarves. I bought this alpaca scarf while I was working in Peru with Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez on her book Secrets of Spinning, Weaving, and Knitting in the Peruvian Highlands. It’s a beauty of a scarf, isn’t it? It makes […]

Portal to Peru Old and New

I just drove down to Santa Fe to attend the Fifteenth annual International Folk Art Market. It’s always a great time to connect with fiber friends and especially our authors as many are also artisan participants, volunteers, or translators. (Look for a full recap in next week’s blog.) Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez of the Center for Traditional […]

Secrets of Spinning, Weaving, and Knitting in the Peruvian Highlands

Secrets of Spinning, Weaving, and Knititng in the Peruvian Highlands

by Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez Paperback | 144 Pages ISBN: 9780998452357 Winner of the 2017 Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Silver Award.  Ten years after the publication of her seminal book Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands, twenty years after founding the iconic Center for Tradition Textiles of Cusco, Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez provides an inspirational new […]

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