Nilda Callañaupa Alvaez the director of the Center of Traditional Textiles of Cusco, and author of Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands went with us to Chahuatire, a community famous for the fact that the weavers are men, the women doing the fiber preparation, carding, spinning, dying and all the painstaking finishing techniques. I of course focused on the men who were knitting chullos,
who for the most part use the familiar Andean technique of purling from the inside with the yarn tensioned around their necks, using thin needles with little hooks bashed on the ends.
But lo….observe closely the gentleman in the middle.
He is knitting. Again, a maverick in the community! (I don’t know why these images are so weirdly saturated or dim, depending on your browser.)
To facilitate working intarsia in the round, some of the men use the corded join technique.
The pincher technique was also in evidence.
I showed them my knitting and we had a few laughs.
Mustn’t forget the women and children!