Sunday, April 10, 2011
Peru - Day 4 Part I - Chincheros Village Weavers
We are off on a full day of exploring the Sacred Valley today and Sigrid is ready to go.
We are now in the village of Chincheros. We are here to see the lifestyle of the people of the village and to learn about how they weave the woollen clothing and other items that they use and sell.
Big smiles and a friendly welcome.
Just about all the buildings have a pair of bulls and a crucifix on the roof. This unusual mix represents dual religious beliefs that continue to today. The bull is to show respect for "Mother Earth" and bring wealth, happiness, and fertility to the household. The crucifix is the traditional Catholic component of their beliefs.
We are now in a courtyard for a demonstration of how woolen products are made. These ladies are hand spinning the wool into threads.
The process starts with the dirty raw wool as sheared from the sheep.
She has a little purple bug juice on her palm from the parasites that grow on the cactus plant behind her.