“During the gathering this year, I’ll only go as a visitor. I’m a weaver of ñanduti, an art that is passed down from generation to generation, and today I’m dedicated to teaching this [art form], so that this beautiful, thousand-year-old tradition is not lost.
Ñanduti, at a specific time in my life, turned into my salvation and an economic income, it was a return to my roots and a discovery that in some part of my heart, soul and hands remained intact the teachings of my grandmother in my infancy in Paraguay, my first weavings and threads of color, and despite the passing of time, I found all of this branded in me.
The connection with my roots is what spurred me to weave and apply this to domestic pieces like bags, fans, sombreros, tablecloths, etc.
The principal obstacle [I’ve faced] is that if ñanduti is a very beautiful and attention-grabbing textile, in the moment of commercialization, the price of the product doesn’t reflect the time and effort employed to achieve the pieces.”
Leonidas Silva was born in Paraguay, but has spent the past 36 years living in Argentina. Leonidas will attend Tinkuy 2017 as a participant and is excited to learn new techniques and meet new friends.