Giving Back

Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC)

Project Goal: To support local artisans and help preserve the dying art of traditional Andean weaving.

Along with music and agricultural traditions, weaving is one of the main vehicles of expression in Peru. Using llama and alpaca wool and homemade dyes sourced with local plants, the quechua women of the Peruvian Andes create some of the most beautiful textiles in the world. Founded by cultural preservationist Nilda Callañaupa, the CTTC is a nonprofit organization working to preserve the ancient handweaving techniques of Quechua women in rural villages throughout the Cusco province and beyond. On your private expedition, you will have the opportunity to meet Nilda and purchase hand-woven textiles from the CTTC, helping to preserve one of the most important Andean cultural traditions and to ensure that this vital practice is passed on to future generations of Peruvian women. Read More ›