Saturday, May 31, 2014

From Alpaca to Textiles: the Woolen Journey

On one of our weekend excursions to Pisac and various sites along the way, we learned about the process of traditional textile making. We saw the materials in every stage of the process, including the wool in its rawest form: still on the alpacas. Once the wool is collected and cleaned, it is then stretched and put on special spool which immediately collects the handspun wool thread. It is then dyed using a wide variety of natural coloring agents including various plants and even parasites. The intensity of the color can be altered using lime juice and depending on the length of time spent soaking in the dye. I was really impressed with the wide range of beautiful colors that they were able to produce from all natural products. 

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