But seriously, look at these pics & tell me you don’t agree:
The intarsia! The colors! The alpacas! Oh my! I dare you to tell me Peru isn’t a knitter’s dream.
HISTORY OF KNITTING IN PERU:
Peru has one of the richest fiber and textile histories in the world. Even today, pick up any wool yarn off of the shelf, and there’s a good chance it will say ‘Made in Peru’. From spinning to knitting to weaving, Peruvians have been working with fiber for almost 10,000 years.
Walking through a Peruvian market will reveal countless hand-knitted souvenirs; llamas and alpacas knitted onto hats and mittens…vibrant, detailed colorwork sweaters…traditional knitted items that only a handful of knitters have mastered.
According to the Peruvian Connection: “Hand-knitting blends in beautifully with daily life in the Andes…as such, hand knitting is not only an art form in the Andes, it contributes to the preservation of native culture. The knitters knit on fine-gauge needles, changing colors and stitches several times each row. It [is] an extremely laborious process, but it ensures the durability and lifelong enjoyment of these heirloom garments.” Clearly, the superbly talented Peruvian knitters have made their work into a true art form.
(Check out Mary Jane Mucklestone’s write up about her trip to Peru for Twist Collective to read more!)
Overall, I’m thrilled to be able to tour this country and experience it’s plethora of knitting culture. And, I’m excited to share with you all that I discover! 🙂 Here on the blog, there will be regular scheduled posts (not necessarily Peruvian themed)…so keep following along! But if you’d like to keep up with my travel adventures, follow me on Instagram for more regular updates.
(PS: Interested in taking a Peru trip of your own? Check out Cat Bordhi’s Knitting Tours of Peru!)