CHINCHERO: TEXTILE TRADITION OF THE INCAS
Chinchero, is a small town on top of a hill at 3600 meters high, just 40 minutes northeast of Cusco, with its colonial church, ruins, picturesque landscapes and best of all; the Chincherina woman who with her simplicity, candor, beliefs, customs and singular sympathy robbed me of more than a smile and sighs of peace.
In Chinchero, the church built during the years of the colony stands out, where you can see beautiful canvases of the Cusqueña School, characterized by the exclusive use of religious themes with the predominance of reds, yellows, gold and earth colors. These paintings are the result of the union of two cultures, the European classic and the desire of the indigenous and mestizo painters to express their reality and their vision in sacred art, whose purpose is the cult of the sacred or divine.
Following the route, you can visit any of the textile centers, in this town of Chincheros, where traditional Andean fabrics that were seen to disappear silently are rescued, together with a score of weavers who gather to recreate with their hands the textile techniques Andean that today are less and less in danger of extinction.
The fabric is part of our history and tradition, I invite you to be part of the meeting of these weaver communities that constitutes a whole social event in which the values, the Quechua language and the customs of our ancestors emerge. The design of each piece is so unique that no two fabrics are the same and each one carries with it the elements of a means of communication with codes and figures that determine the representation of the current Andean world, the worldview, beliefs and ancestral traditions.
Finally, Chinchero offers one of the most important fairs in the region due to the high quality of artisan products sold there, recognized internationally for their excellent work and beauty. Sundays is the ideal day to visit it.