Weaving in Bolivia: A Treasure of Human Endeavor

I first went to Bolivia in 1994 with my husband to view a total solar eclipse. It was a stunning experience, high in the Altiplano with the sky going dark, the donkeys and cattle bellowing, the birds flapping around in perplexity. The eclipse itself lasted only moments, but the memory overshadows everything else I experienced […]

A Long and Winding Road to Peru and Bolivia

My friendship with Cynthia Lecount Samaké, author of our new A Textile Traveler’s Guide to Peru & Bolivia, has been a long and winding road, much like the tours she leads to far flung places all over the world. It started in the early 1990s when Interweave, which I then headed, bought rights to her […]

Spinning Yarn

Warmis Phuskadoras

Spinning Mentors Here’s something really cool. In a few weeks, high in the Bolivian Andes, a team of spinners will compete in a worldwide event to see who can spin the most yarn in a week. By competing, they are not only earning global attention and respect for their time-honored tradition of handspinning, they are ultimately […]