From weekly village markets in the Peruvian highlands to fanciful costumes of Bolivia’s Carnival, author Cynthia LeCount Samaké guides readers through the living legacy of two-thousand years of textile tradition in the Andean highlands and beyond. Samaké draws on her decades of independent travel in Peru and Bolivia. Her experiences leading tours through remote hillsides and bustling cities of both countries combine with her academic research in traditional textiles and costumes to create this indispensable guide–an excellent resource for discovering textile artisans, markets, shops, museums, and festivals.
A Textile Traveler’s Guide to Peru and Bolivia is geared to independent minded travelers and presents refreshing and genuine descriptions for lodgings, restaurants, and transportation that only years of life on the road could inform. Expert advice helps travelers to know what textile treasures they’ll discover at each location, how to distinguish quality textiles, and how to bargain intelligently and ethically. From some of the world’s finest knitting and weaving in the Peruvian highlands to the intricate “dream-weaving” and embroidery of Bolivia, readers will discover the color, joy, and culture of traditional textiles. Abundant photographs throughout will inspire textile enthusiasts and travelers alike.
About the Author
Cynthia LeCount Samaké is the founder of Behind the Scenes Adventures, a travel company specializing in art and culture tours. Leading several trips each year, she shares her expertise in festival costume and traditional textiles. More than a decade of research in Peru and Bolivia resulted in her highly acclaimed book Andean Folk Knitting: Traditions and Techniques from Peru and Bolivia. In between textile adventures, she makes her home in California.
Praise for A Textile Traveler’s Guide to Peru & Bolivia
“This is truly an exceptional book. I love the abundant illustration. It has lots of insights into how and where to buy some of the remarkable textiles shown. Good hints about languages and customs as well as how to recognize quality of these fabulous souvenirs. I’m really delighted with this book and highly recommend it.” — Nancy Curdts, Sonoma County Library”
“Showcasing full-color photography on almost every page, this is a descriptive supplementary guide for any textile aficionado visiting Peru or Bolivia. Chapters give advice on safe travel, point the reader toward the best textile markets, and make suggestions for ethical shopping. It’s a delight to page through. Highly recommended.” —James Cox, Editor, Midwest Book Review