Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco
Officially established in 1996, the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco (CTTC) employs more than 500 individuals from the Cusco, Peru region. Encouraging the continuation of the 10,000-year-old Andean textile tradition, and to provide support to those working in this heritage industry, the CTTC began as a collective group of weavers in the 1980s. The CTTC aims to maintain this long standing Peruvian tradition of weaving in the face of changing times.
Globalization has lead to a steep decline in the knowledge of traditional Andean heritage practices
For some time, the younger generation of Peruvians has been shifting away from traditional weaving. Due in large part to globalization, the town of Chinchero, Peru has undergone a number of drastic changes in recent years and many of the traditional ways of life were being lost with each new generation. Knowledge and practice of cultural touchstones such as language, land management traditions and ritual practices have been severely affected by the progress of time and disconnection with traditional culture.
This prompted CTTC founder Nilda Callanaupa to take proactive steps in order to maintain her cultural heritage while also providing employment to people in her region. Nilda’s dream is to reinvigorate her community through the traditional weaving organization with the income generated for community members to be used for education, to improve housing and to provide medical care.
Funding from the TreadRight Heritage Initiative grant is being used to finish the construction of a traditional weaver’s home at the Chinchero Weaver’s Centre, which will then open its doors to locals and visitors alike in order to provide education about the traditional weaving techniques and promote the sale of the textiles.