“I’ve participated in the previous Tinkuys and for me it was a nice memory to teach the tourists to weave pampa and ticlla (plainweave and discontinuous warp and weft), this is what we taught the tourists, and it’s a wonderful memory for me. I’m excited about the textiles that they’ll teach us [in Tinkuy], our exchange, they teach me to exchange ideas with them, to exchange textiles. I’ll share what I know and what we weave in Pitumarca.
There in Pitumarca we do four techniques: amapolas, ley (supplementary warp), palma y ramos (a type of complementary warp weave), and pata de tres (complementary warp of three colors). I weave in order to not forget my ancient traditions, to keep weaving more, and so that I don’t forget my traditions. My dream is to learn more and not forget my textiles and to keep learning.
I learned when my mother taught me when I was six years old and the first textile that I made was tanka churu , after that jilera. [Tanka churu is the design most young weavers learn first. Jilera is a small ribbon used as a skirt tie]. These are the first textiles that I made, afterward I learned everything else. When I learned to weave my mother taught me and I almost couldn’t fit all the designs into my head, she got angry with me but because she got angry then I learned and afterward I learned all that I know.”
Phetra Huayta is an accomplished young weaver with the association Asociación Tejedores Munay Ticlla del Distrito de Pitumarca in the community of Pitumarca, Perú. In Tinkuy 2017 Phetra will teach the Advanced Backstrap Weaving workshop.
Phetra, as far as we know, is the first person who has thought to use the same backstrap loom to work on two weaving projects at once. Here she is taking advantage of her large loom to weave two small chuspa bags at the same time.