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Andean Spinning with Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez Video Download

Learn how to spin in the traditional Andean style, from Nilda Callañaupa Alveraz. She shows the whole process, from preparing fiber to drop spindle spinning.
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Discover a new world of spinning with Nilda Callañaupa Alveraz!

Andean Textiles: Traditional Andean Spinning Tips and Techniques  

Andean Spinning  with Nilda Callañaupa Alveraz


Learn how to spin in a whole new way with this spinning workshop video. Whether you are brand new to spinning or are a seasoned student, there is something engaging and appealing for everyone.


Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a native of Peru, has become known in her own country and throughout the world as a champion for traditional Andean textiles.


With the simplest of tools, Andean spinners create yarn for their exquisite knitted and woven textiles with awe-inspiring skill and speed.


In this spinning video, Nilda introduces us to the spinning techniques and traditions of the Andes, from fiber preparation to finishing.


You’ll learn about:

  • Traditional Andean drop spindles
  • Preparation of wool and alpaca fibers for spinning
  • The Andean double-drafting technique for both drop spinning and support spinning
  • Three ways to ply spindle-spun yarn
  • Yarn preparation for knitting and weaving
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As she demonstrates, Nilda talks with Interweave founder Linda Ligon about the textile traditions, customs, and beliefs of her native Peru.


Celebrate this rich and living heritage by joining Nilda and Linda to spin and chat as Andean women have done for thousands of years.


You will love this video if:

  • You want to learn new spinning techniques steeped in ethnic tradition
  • You are curious about spinning traditions from around the world
  • You enjoy learning about different cultures through their textiles

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the world of Andean spinning! Dive into new spinning realms and learn something new along the way! This workshop is available in three formats: as a 1-disc DVD, a standard definition video download, or a high definition video download.


SKU: EP7006

Author/Speaker/Editor: Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez

Format: Standard Definition Video

Runtime: 90 Minutes

Customer Reviews

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)