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Day 10 - - In Chinchero the first thing we visited it was a small cooperative of weavers. They're about the only one in the region to still keep the traditional dieing method using seeds and plants, the majority of artisans use nowadays chemical color to die the wool. The advantage of natural colors is that no matter how many times we wash the color do not vanish and the white parts remain white.
This and the next posts have the intention of showing this method and the material used to weave the colorful textiles used as table clothes, bedspreads, bags, belts and so on. The first step is to wash the wool, using a king a local plant that works as soap. In the picture we can see one of the artisans grating a branch of this local plant (unfortunately I forgot the name of it) in the pot that she'll use to wash the wool. The wool used to make these cloths is sheep wool, not alpaca's wool. Due to the total artesanal process the products are for sure a little more expensive than in other parts, but the color, motives and nice way those women keep the tradition pays off. They're the most beautiful pieces I've seem in Peru.
In the WS I post the original picture without the cropping and antigrain filter, please let me know which one you prefer.

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