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1-Day Textiles and Weaving in the Sacred Valley/Cusco (FD)

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Day 1 : A full day visit to a weaving center for classes in traditional weaving.

Visiting: Sacred Valley

This excursion is a full day tour to the community of Amaru, where they still preserve their traditions in agriculture, cooking and weaving, being very conscious about the strength of their biodiversity and cultural legacy. They also keep their musical traditions alive, such as dances and old songs which will be shared.

We leave Cusco in the morning by bus to Pisac, where we will turn to el "Parque de la Papa" (native potatoes park) and get to Amaru community. With flowers and natural drinks, they receive us in a beautiful landscaped area. The natives from Laraypas Indigenas de Amaru Association, who will explain us about their living, traditions and the work the association does in behalf of the traditional culture.

After a short introduction, we, the participants, will hike through a forest and visiting the green house where we will pick up the dyeing plants that will use to dye our fibers. We will also discover the medicinal and culinary properties of some of this plants.

After the walk, we will watch the handmade weaving process, sheering and hand spinning the wool, dyeing the fibers and doing the warp and wefts, and finally observe the weaving on the "telar de cintura" or waist loom, traditionally used by the locals to weave. We will learn the ancient techniques, take pictures, and be present for the whole process, which will be a lifetime experience.

During our stay in the community, we will enjoy natural appetizers and drinks and a nutritious lunch, made by the women of Amaru. Local community artists, or children from the school will share with us some local music. There will be yarn for sale from the community.

In the afternoon, we will return to Cusco, with an option to visit the Pisac local market, to see a huge variety of the Sacred Valley handcraft.

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