It's not just its intricate designs, stunning colours and talented handiwork that make Peruvian textiles pop. Weaving in the Peruvian highlands plays an important role in the history of the region.
Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez, Founder of the Chinchero Centro de Textilos Tradicionales - and supplier of our Chinchero Collection - has published two richly illustrated books on the art and tradition that is Peruvian weaving.
'Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands' (2007, Interweave Press) is an extensive catalogue to th eintricate patterns and designs found in traditional Peruvian textiles and explains how traditional natural materials and colours not only enhance the value of the work, but also document the geography and history of the artisan.
'Traditional Textiles of Chinchero: A Living Heritage' (2012, Thrums) is a bilingual English-Spanish book that explores the traditional weaving of Chinchero Peru - from shearing the wool and dyeing and spinning the yarn to the final weaving on traditional backstrap looms.
If you want to take a deeper look into the traditions and culture that go into our Chinchero Collection, get yourself a copy online at Bookworld.