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In Andean Spinning expert spinner and native Peruvian, Nilda Callañaupa Alveraz will take you through the Andean spinning techniques that she is known for preserving in her country. You will learn how to prepare your fiber to spin with a drop spindle and experience a new culture through your spinning journey. Learn alongside Linda Ligon, founder of Interweave, as she talks to Nilda about the culture, beliefs and spinning traditions practiced in Peru.

You'll Love This Spinning Video If:

  • You want to learn more about Andean spinning
  • You want to learn how to prepare fiber
  • You enjoy plying yarn

In Andean Spinning You'll Learn:

  • How to prepare your fibers for spinning with a drop spindle
  • Methods for preparing your completed yarn for weaving
  • Three ways to ply yarn

A Word From the Author:

"Spinning is a wonderful activity. We have many types of spindles, sizes, types of fibers, depending on the purpose of the spinning. You will do thick or fine, however you like to do it. We become well known, not just as an individual but as a family, with a reputation for how fine your spinning is."" — Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez

About the Author:

Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez is a Quechua weaver and scholar. She was born in Chinchero, a village in the southern highlands of Peru. Nilda's ancestors are the Inka.Many of the ancient weaving techniques Nilda learned from her elders were in danger of disappearing. In response, Nilda founded the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC). The CTTC has supported weavers from several highland villages, who have revived these skills and traditions.Nilda's mission to explore and preserve traditional weaving techniques is a calling of great importance.


A Cultural Glimpse

“Through this video you get to explore a sliver of Andean textile culture. Absolutely eye opening! ” - Elyna Pierre-Gilles

A lovely overview of Andean spinning and weaving

“Nilda Calañaupa Alvarez does a wonderful job with a high-level overview of spinning, knitting and weaving in the Andes. Her books are also fantastic and worth finding.” - Laura Kanemori