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Farmers Market Archive

ArtAndes Welcomes Andean Weavers to the September 8, 15 and 22 Mill City Farmers Markets

Visit the Mill City Farmers Market September 8th, 15th or 22nd and be transported to the heights of the Andes with a lively cultural presentation.

Welcome two Andean weavers from Chinchero, Peru, while they demonstrate their artistry on traditional back strap looms. Maruja and Juana represent a weaving cooperative, Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco. Their textiles are collected by the Smithsonian, the Textile Museum and other significant institutions.

The ancient craft has its roots in pre-Incan ancestry and is an important part of their rich indigenous culture.

"The harmony of color, the beauty and fastness of dyes and the perfection of weaving place these weavings in a class of their own." Melanie Ebertz

Melanie Ebertz, owner of ArtAndes and a long time vendor at the MCFM, leads culture, art, and history trips to Peru and is dedicated to helping preserve the Andean weaving techniques. Unique finely woven pieces are available for sale at the Mill City Farmers Market (inside the train shed) Saturdays thru October. You'll find a beautiful array of rugs, pillows, purses, wall hangings and more. You can also visit ArtAndes' studio in the Northrup King Building.

According to Melanie, Peru has the largest collection of ancient textiles in the world. A surprisingly large number of extremely elaborate weavings still exist, spanning from about 3000 B.C. to the present. They form the longest continuous textile record in world history.

Below, as soon as the weavers arrived, they immediately started unpacking their wares. The morning after arrival, they were set up in Melanie's backyard and resumed weaving!



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