Our class has learned about Peruvian textile weaving as part of our Social Studies curriculum. This traditional art form may have originated with the Incas, and has been passed down from generation to generation in the high mountain villages of Peru. We have learned from www.incas.org that “In places like the mountain community of Chinchero, most girls and some boys learn to weave at six or seven years old. From an early age they have fun playing with their mothers’ spindle and yarns, and experimenting on their own until they learn to spin fine yarn. Then they start weaving narrow ribbons called jakimas (pronounced “hakimas”). Often older sisters, brothers or adults help the children learn to make their first narrow backstrap “looms” starting with twenty or thirty threads.”
One thing is for certain. We now know that weaving is not only fun, but it also takes a great deal of skill, and stamina. Check out our finished projects!