RESCUING AN ART TO SAVE A PEOPLE, IN BOLIVIA

IPS – Rescuing an Art to Save a People, in Bolivia | Inter Press Service.

Sitting on the floor, deep in concentration, Marta Llampa interlaces red and black threads that converge in sinuous shapes, gradually forming khurus or mythical creatures through a unique, age-old technique rescued from extinction by the Jalq’a people.

Jalq’a women put many hours into making these world-famous weavings, which are the most ancient textile crafts of the Andes mountains. They devote so much time to it because “the money we earn selling these textiles has improved our community’s quality of life,” Llampa, a weaver from the rural village of Caraviri, told IPS.

For the full article: IPS News

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