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Tinkuy: Gathering of Weavers


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Tinkuy: Gathering of Weavers

  • Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco Cusco Peru (map)

Join the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco for an international gathering of textile artisans and enthusiasts, art historians, anthropologists, and many others to celebrate and share the wealth and diversity of Peruvian textile traditions. More than the sum of its workshops and demonstrations, Tinkuy is an experience that stays with you for a lifetime. 

Tinkuy is a celebration of the textile art as expressed in dozens of cultures from almost every continent. The word 'tinkuy' means 'gathering' in Quecha, the indigenous language spoken by many people in the Andes. As its name implies, Tinkuy gathers together textile artists and enthusiasts from across the to honor the wealth and diversity of their fiber traditions. The first celebration took place in November 2010, and a second gathering occurred in November 2013. 

Learn more about Tinkuy 2017 from the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco:

Learn more about the celebration at and from the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco at

Earlier Event: September 18
New World Crafts Guatemala
Later Event: December 6