Intricately detailed and often ecstatically colorful, the textiles produced by artisan Timoteo Ccarita Sacaca and his team of weavers are remarkable for their creativity and beauty. Timoteo describes himself as “a traditionalist” who promotes Indigenous weavings, maintaining the original techniques in wool preparation, dyeing and weaving of alpaca wool, wool from its wild cousin, the vicuña, and sheep’s wool. Dyes, too, come from locally sourced plants, minerals, or insects.
Timoteo elaborates on the importance of the traditional designs, which rely on Inka messages, ideas, and ideals. Many of the patterns used by Timoteo and his team are interpretations of ancient Andean cosmology: from observations of the stars, repetitious motifs representative of rituals and energetic spirits and much, much more. He keeps the ancient meanings and writings alive through the textiles from the Inca culture, and is the only weaver who maintains the ancient art of tapestry (tapiz) originating from the Inca nobles. For his whole life, Timoteo has been in the artisan business and collaborating with his community. He has trained weavers in a club for mothers in Ccapacchapi and has founded weavers' associations in several communities. He has improved the quality of life of impoverished communities in the Andes by founding the following associations in Pitumarca: Munaik Tiklla, Inka Pachacutec, Ñaupa Away Karwi Association, Uchu Llukllu, Wasa Pampa and Labraco; in San Pablo, the association of Santa Barbara; and in Lares, Chokecancha.
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