This year we are honored to welcome five distinguished keynote speakers to Tinkuy 2017. Each will present on topics related to the theme ‘Weaving the Past, Present, and Future.’
Coming from The Textile Museum in Washington D.C., Ann Pollard Rowe is one of the most recognized names in the field of New World textiles. For over three decades she has meticulously documented styles, designs, structure and textile classification from various western hemisphere cultures.
Presenting on the first day with Ann will be Carmella Padilla, a freelance writer who covers Hispanic culture in northern New Mexico. Her keynote address based on her co-authored book A Red Like No Other: How Cochineal Colored the World will provide a fascinating glimpse into the revolutionary changes in textiles, painting, and culture brought about by this single dye.
Joining us from Peru will be Dr. Ramiro Matos, curator in the office of Latin America with the Smithsonian´s National Museum of the American Indian. Dr. Matos recently launched the critical exhibit The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire which will be open until June, 2018. His keynote address will cover The Past and the importance of textiles to the Inca in forming and maintaining their empire.
Wade Davis is a world-renowned anthropologist, ethnobotnist and documentary film maker who currently serves as an Explorer in Residence with National Geographic. His work focuses on indigenous cultures of the Americas and the traditional uses and knowledge of medicinal plants. Wade’s keynote address will revolve around The Present and the place traditional textiles hold today in our lives.
Also joining us from Peru will be Roger Valencia, president of the Cámara de Comercio in Cusco and director of Andean Lodges, a local pioneer in sustainable tourism with a focus on supporting communities and ecosystems. With over 32 years working with local communities around the sacred mountain Ausangate, Roger will present on The Future and how we can create an inclusive space for traditional textiles on a global stage.