Today’s post is about the last place we visited on our tour of the Sacred Valley: Chinchero.  When I posted before about our Sacred Valley tour, I mentioned mostly structures and scenic points, but this place has a bit of living history.  Although it has become quite touristy in recent years, Chinchero has a long tradition of weaving and yarn-making.  The yarns that you see on the right were all made by the women of Chinchero.  We were even privy to some of the process ourselves while we were there, as they dyed some yarn right in front of us.

When we arrived in Chinchero, we were whisked to this lit area and given tea (as we always are).  This woman was already in the process of weaving while we were sitting there, listening to the explanation of their history and the process of wool to finished product.

Most of my pictures of the dying process came out badly (blame the low light and the quick movements), but you can see in the following two pictures them pouring dye into the water and then the red yarn they’re dying.

Pouring purple dye.

Dying the yarn red.

In this picture, you can see some of the materials they use to dye the yarn in the baskets alongside the yarn.  The root in the bottom right is actually the soap they use to wash the yarn before dying it, which was actually very cool to watch them do.

And you see the finished yarns above, but here’s an example of the woven products they make and sell.

That kid does not look happy...

Well, that’s Chinchero.  I think I’ve almost exhausted my photos from Peru, so next post will have to be about something else…

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