Melanie Ebertz of ArtAndes is one of my favorite people. Thanks to her, two skilled Quechua weavers from Chinchero, Peru - Pascuala and Engracia - are coming to Minnesota and bringing their rich culture with them. They will be demonstrating back-strap weaving. For them, it is a daily activity that not only provides functional use & cultural identity, but also an income for a weaving co-op, Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco. Recently hosted by the Smithsonian, their work is part of the museums permanent collection.
Pascuala and Engracia will be at the Mill City Farmers Market September 19 and 26, as well as October 3 and 10. Most of us will never have the opportunity to visit Peru, so come to the MCFM and experience a little of Peru here! :)
An additional opportunity to spend time with the weavers will be October 1, 5:00pm-9:00pm, during First Thursdays at the Northrup King Building. Visit the ArtAndes studio, where the esteemed weavers will be demonstrating, and Melanie is hosting a little Peru night fiesta!