Artisans Gallery: Meet the Founder of Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco

A woman wearing a red jacket and wide-rimmed black hat sits at a backstrap loom, weaving a blue and red textile
Photo courtesy of Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco.


Join us in person at the museum for a special opportunity to meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, the founder of the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco, currently featured in the museum’s Artisans Gallery. Stop by anytime from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for shopping, demonstrations and discussion about sustainability and Peruvian textile traditions. The artisan will give a formal talk at 11 a.m. and bring one-of-a-kind woven goods for purchase throughout the day.

About Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez

Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez is an Indigenous Quechua weaver from Chinchero, a village in the Cusco region of Peru. She began researching and reviving local textile practices in the late 1970s and founded the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco with fellow weavers in 1996. The fair-trade nonprofit works with ten local weaving communities to sustain local traditions and promote weavers and their work.

About the Artisans Gallery

The Artisans Gallery is an educational gallery where you can purchase and learn about handmade textiles representing global traditions. We share the stories of artisans around the world and support certified fair trade, sustainable, handmade and culturally authentic work. Museum members always receive a 10 percent discount. Learn more about the Artisans Gallery