Special Events 2013
Special Event: Peruvian Indigenous Weavers from Lake Titicaca Region (Puno)
In the Special Exhibit Tent next to the 4-H Building
Approximately 40 kilometers from Lake Titicaca is another smaller, but pristine lake called, Siustani. Along its shores are dozens of indigenous villages where hundreds of women knit and weave beautiful caps, gloves, scarves, mats, tablecloths and blankets from naturally dyed yarns of alpaca and wool. For many of the women the sale of their crafts is their only source of income. The women in each village are organized into a artisan club which in turn is a member of an area-wide craft cooperative. With the help of a regional NGO called, IDRA, the cooperative sells its woven goods in markets in the Peruvian tourist cities of Puno and Cusco. From their first shipments of a few dozen caps and scarves in 2006, the women now send hundreds of lovely caps, called Chuyos (pronounced chew-yoos) and other knitwear to the markets each month. Appreciation for the style, color and quality of their work has spread internationally and resulted in invitations to display their products in the Smithsonian Institution and the Inter-American Foundation.
Special Event: Ongoing Fiber Arts Demonstrations
In the Rabbit Building
You are invited to visit the Rabbit Building any time during
festival hours for free demonstrations of many fiber arts. Subjects will include, but may not be limited to, the following:
- Fiber prep
- Spinning-spindle (drop or supported)
- Hand knitting
- Sock machine knitting
- Bobbin lace
- Embroidery, embellishment
You are also invited to stop in and join us in demonstrating your favorite fiber art.