Several of us attended an online Quechua Pom-pom + Tassel workshop yesterday organized by the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in collaboration with Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco. Indigenous Peruvian weavers Yessica Sallo Auccacusi and Rosa Pumayalli Quispe led us in the process of creating multi-colored tassels and pom-poms.
About the Artisans – Yessica Sallo Auccacusi and Rosa Pumayalli Quispe work with the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco in Peru. The Center works to practice, sustain, and revive ancestral weaving styles, natural dye techniques, and textile designs. The nonprofit organization works with ten weaving communities from the Cusco region: Accha Alta, Acopia, Chahuaytire, Chinchero, Mahuaypampa, Huacatinco, Patabamba, Pitumarca, Santa Cruz de Sallac, and Santo Tomas (Smithsonian Folklife Festival website).
Below is a peek into our experience with Yessica and Rosa!