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Instructor:  Deb Watson

Workshop Description:  In this two-session class, we will learn to weave hakimas, the small, narrow bands that are the first weavings of young Andean girls and through which they learn the basic patterns and techniques they will later use as they progress to larger, wider looms and bands. Keeping in mind that weavers in this tradition make no use of charts or paper prompts, we will begin with a prepared warp for each participant in order to learn the smallest pattern and the techniques, and then learn to set up a warp ourselves, including tying string heddles.  Although it is not necessary to finish the band between classes, practice makes perfect, so I would encourage visiting your warp for a few minutes a day if only to remember what we did in the first session. 


In the second class, we will troubleshoot any problems with our hakimas, review warping and, I hope, move on to a wider band with its more advanced heddle patterns.  We will also cover finishing techniques, mostly simple 3- and 4-strand braids.  Weavers can work at their own pace, and I will give lots of individual attention.  Handouts will contain printed patterns; after all, none of us grew up in the Andes!


I will bring some of my Peruvian textiles to illustrate the amazing weaving that is done on backstrap looms by weavers whose patterns are stored entirely in their heads and hands, how cloth and Andean culture are inseparable.  In danger of disappearing, this tradition has been revived by Nilda Callanaupa of Cusco, Peru, who works with weavers in remote villages in the Cusco area to ensure that they keep weaving and receive fair remuneration for their work.  I will also bring scrapbooks of my trip and other beautiful books.  All materials will be supplied.


Experience Level:  All

Materials fee:  (2 shed swords, yarn and handouts)  $12

Attendee Limit:  10


Registration:  NO late registrations:  Since I am making up the initial warps, I have to know at least a week in advance if you plan to take the class.  Registration will close on March 6, 2024


Instructor Bio:  Deb learned Andean weaving from the late Ed Franquemont, an anthropologist who lived and worked in the Andean town of Chinchero, Peru, for over 20 years.  Deb taught with Ed at SOAR (Spin-Off Autumn Retreat), at NEWS, and at MIT in the Integrated Studies Program (Humanities Dept.) for freshmen.  On a trip to Peru in 2002, she visited the remote villages with which Nilda works.  Deb received her Master Weaver Certificate from WGB in 2011.

Andean backstrap bands (hakimas)


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