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Andean Spinning with Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez Video Download

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Discover a new world of spinning with Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez!


Andean Textiles: Traditional Andean Spinning Tips and Techniques  

Andean Spinning  with Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez


Learn how to spin in a whole new way with this spinning workshop video. Whether you are brand new to spinning or are a seasoned student, there is something engaging and appealing for everyone.


Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a native of Peru, has become known in her own country and throughout the world as a champion for traditional Andean textiles.


With the simplest of tools, Andean spinners create yarn for their exquisite knitted and woven textiles with awe-inspiring skill and speed.


In this spinning video, Nilda introduces us to the spinning techniques and traditions of the Andes, from fiber preparation to finishing.


You’ll learn about:

  • Traditional Andean drop spindles
  • Preparation of wool and alpaca fibers for spinning
  • The Andean double-drafting technique for both drop spinning and support spinning
  • Three ways to ply spindle-spun yarn
  • Yarn preparation for knitting and weaving
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As she demonstrates, Nilda talks with Interweave founder Linda Ligon about the textile traditions, customs, and beliefs of her native Peru.


Celebrate this rich and living heritage by joining Nilda and Linda to spin and chat as Andean women have done for thousands of years.


You will love this video if:

  • You want to learn new spinning techniques steeped in ethnic tradition
  • You are curious about spinning traditions from around the world
  • You enjoy learning about different cultures through their textiles

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the world of Andean spinning! Dive into new spinning realms and learn something new along the way! This workshop is available in three formats: as a 1-disc DVD, a standard definition video download, or a high definition video download.


If you'd like to purchase the streaming version of this video, visit: Andean Spinning

Author/Designer: Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez