Chinchero
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Making natural dyes for textiles
On our way to Ollantaytambo from Cuzco, our local guide stopped at Chinchero after learning that I was fascinated by local textiles. Here, we visited his friend's house who was in the process of dying the yarn to use in the intricate patterned weavings that the town is well known for. She has visitors often so she was very detailed in the manner in which she showed us the fruits, plants, and roots that she uses to create the vivid hues of the yarns. I am always intrigued by the ways in which the creation of the dyes, the patterns of the weavings, and the methods for creating the textiles reflect something deeper about a culture and its environment. Afterward, we visited the Chinchero market in the sleepy town square, which is one of the best variety of handmade textiles we experienced in South America.
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