Bernarda Martínez

Master Kolla Weaver.

Bernarda belongs to the Kolla ethnic group in the province of Jujuy, Argentina. She learnt to weave from her mother, and then her mother-in-law. She weaves chuspa (small bags), belts, and headscarves for sombreros on the backstrap loom in complementary warp-faced weave techniques. She also weaves with the horizontal stake loom and pedal loom, and uses a water-run spinning wheel to spin. Bernarda frequently attends local fairs in Argentina where she exhibits and teaches about her traditional work.