Andean Backstrap Weaving
Materials fee: $65 (covers warps, basic loom toolkit, handout, warping setup and materials for use in class)
If this is your first time trying Andean backstrap weaving, you’ll learn basic loom mechanics, how to do plain weave, the names of loom parts in English and in Quechua, and try your hand at the first pickup pattern everyone in the Andes learns. If you’ve studied Andean weaving hands-on with Abby before, you will learn to warp, set up and weave a complementary or supplementary warp structure. This class focuses specifically on Andean techniques from Chinchero, Peru, and features lots of cultural context! Warps by the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco when available.
Students should bring note-taking materials and a pillow or something to make it comfortable to sit on the floor. Sitting on the floor is not an absolute requirement but it is generally preferable.