- Paxked with fascinating and useful information Review by Linda
Nilda Callanaupa does an excellent job showing the viewer how to spin as Andean spinners do, from wool prep to plying and setting twist, but she also gives an in-depth look into the lives of the women who spin, knit, and weave the beautiful work we've come to associate with the Andes, dispelling some false stereotypes. The camera work allows the viewer to see Nilda's hands clearly as she demonstrates the techniques. She talks of the difference in spinning wool versus alpaca and shows a great chaining technique for plying that's worth the cost of the video all by itself. This is a video I'll watch again and again.
(Posted on 2/19/14)
- More than just learning to spin on a spindle! Review by CarolineA
This is a wonderful video on so many levels; on the purely practical it shows how fibre can be prepared and spun into quality yarn with the minimum of fuss and equipment, and its also a gentle and informative introduction to a way of life that is so different to ours in the western world.
As an Aussie I am used to picking up a raw spinning fleece and spinning with no more preparation than separating out the fibres with my fingers, so I was not surprised to see Nilda prepare her fleece simply, and start spinning. But after that everything was new; the double drafting, the way to spin for knitting and weaving, the differences a Z twist and S twist yarn can make to a piece of cloth, and the effortless spinning that shows how at one Peruvian and other South American spinners are with their spindles, and the underlying philosophy of a way of life that is challenged by our culture.
This is not just a "how to spin like an Andean spinner" video, but a record of a culture where the creation of cloth is as basic to their survival as the air they breathe and the food they eat. Nilda's delightful and gentle personality gives this video life and will enchant those who view it. If I could have given it more stars, I would have! It has certainly increased the respect I already had for these talented textile artists with magic in their fingers.
(Posted on 8/20/13)