Five Keynote Speakers to Present at Tinkuy 2017

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.’

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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.

Welcome to Tinkuy 2017

We are thrilled to announce that the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco will host another Tinkuy in November of 2017. Tinkuy is an international textile conference that focuses on providing an interactive space to explore the many facets of textile traditions from across the globe. The word tinkuy means ‘gathering’ in Quechua, the native language of the Inca that is still spoken today by millions of people throughout the Andes. In this spirit, the event Tinkuy gathers together textile artists and enthusiasts, anthropologists, art historians and many others in the city of Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire.

The first Tinkuy, titled Gathering of Weavers, was held in Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of Peru in 2010. The three day event brought together weavers from across the Americas to celebrate their textile traditions. The first Tinkuy was such a success that it left everyone hungry for more: more presentations, more workshops, more time to share traditions and meet weavers from so many different cultures. Plans were set to make Tinkuy a regular event and the second Tinkuy was held in Cusco, Peru in 2013. This Gathering of Weavers brought together over 500 textile artists and enthusiasts from around the world for three days of intensive lectures, presentations and workshops.  


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This year we are excited to begin work on the third Tinkuy, titled Tinkuy 2017: Gathering of the Textile Arts in order to better reflect the nature of the event.  Set to take place from November 8th – 11th, Tinkuy 2017 will be themed around ‘Weaving the Past, Present, and Future.’ The first full day of the conference will revolve around our ancestor’s relationship to textiles and the history of textile traditions. On the second day we will explore our present relationship to textiles and what this means for our identity and everyday lives. The final day of the conference will focus on the future and the young weavers who are working to keep our fiber traditions alive.

Whether you are a textile artist or enthusiast, anthropologist or general admirer of indigenous art, we welcome you to participate in this wonderful opportunity to explore the richness and diversity of our global textile traditions. Tinkuy 2017 will dazzle you with color and design, but most of all, with new friends from every walk of life.