Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco

Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco

Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco
4.5
Speciality & Gift ShopsArt Galleries
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Janeite
Washington DC, DC240 contributions
Mar 2020
So many textile vendors sell the same items, and claim they are their own work. At this shop, you will see artisanal pieces made by villagers. Best of all, 90% of proceeds go back to the families that make them. Buy some lovely things here!
Written March 20, 2020
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AncientFork
Upland, CA9 contributions
Dec 2013 • Friends
Regardless of the fact that you are shopping or not.. go here just to look. It is amazing. I loved it! Cusco has a plethora of things to buy, but if you can't get out to the villages and you are looking for authentic handspun, naturally dyed, and handwoven pieces of excellent quality then you MUST go here. I actually went about three times over two weeks (also traveling to other areas) CTTC is actually Andean owned and run. They have ten participating villages that have their own cooperatives that are coordinated here. It is an amazing organization. There are things at all price ranges .. great for gifts.. English spoken well. Very helpful patient people. Wonderful spinners and weavers rotate in from the ten villages and you get a real flavor for how things are made (and have been made since Incan times). They also have a GREAT little museum that is free and you can see everything from Andean kids garments, natural dyes - how the yarns are spun, to amazing garments from different villages. On Avenida Sol. Just below the Cathedral next to the big green area. I would shop here first for gifts. The money goes directly back to the weavers and spinners. They also have a website in English and Spanish with a catalog for those of us that really loved the textiles. Everything here is primo quality and gives one a real feeling for what comes out of the villages in the Sacred Valley. http://www.textilescusco.org/
Written November 12, 2014
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World Map
Washington DC, DC127 contributions
May 2013 • Friends
They sell hand-spun, pure alpaca yarn here among other things. Everything sold here has a tag telling you who the artisan is that made the item as well as his or her town. This fair-trade store is a great place to support local artisans.

The yarn here was much cheaper than what I found at fancier stores around Cuzco's main square (e.g., SOL Alpaca).

Yes, you can find cheaper sweaters at many souvenir stores, but here they have items of unique patterns that cheap souvenir shops don't carry. For that, I think it's fair to pay more.

Our guidebook recommends this as one of the stores that sell genuine alpaca stuff. To test it, I burned a small piece of the alpaca yarn bought here, and it sure had no synthetics in it. (There are plenty of stores in Peru that sell fakes.)

The museum part of the store is small but free.

I really like that there was no sales pressure at this store.

Side note: If you want affordable, pure alpaca items, in addition to this store, there are also a couple stores along the southwest side of Plaza San Blas (a few blocks from Cuzco's main square) you might want to check out. Unfortunately I don't know their names. Their storefronts are small and nondescript, but once I went in I was surprised to see several stalls inside selling a wide variety of artisanal crafts.
Written June 19, 2013
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Christopher
345 contributions
Nov 2013 • Couples
I enjoy textiles and cooperatives that promote fair trade; however, I found this particular cooperative wildly overpriced. The center has a great showroom and the museum is worth a primer for folks unfamiliar with textile production. However, for 1/3 the price and similar quality, I suggest El Centro Bartolome de Las Casas a few blocks away at Avenida Tullumayu. They shop is run by a few indigenous women in a hotel lobby. They are very friendly and will spend as much time as necessary explaining the process and weaving techniques. Go to C de TTC for the show, but go to Bartolome for the same quality at a fraction of the price.
Written October 24, 2014
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Cameron A
Atlanta17 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
We toured the museum attached which was very informative and then watched several women making table runners. Truly something to see. What was neat is that each item for sale had a picture of the woman who made it. This is definitely the best place to buy their works of art!
Written January 9, 2019
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TravelingClinton
Galveston, TX68 contributions
May 2017
This free exhibition includes illustrations of local weavings, a small museum of andean textiles, and, of course, a store. The museum is really spectacular and illustrates a lot in a brief visit. The quality of the textiles is amazing. However, the prices in the store are quite high also. It is a good place to learn about the best in local textiles
Written May 16, 2017
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Luvs2TravelAnywhere
New York City, NY6,683 contributions
Nov 2015
Wow - this was a delightful stop. Watching the women work and learning how thw women weave and dye colors was fascinating. There was not any pressure to buy. It's worth the trip to experience their lives and their culture.
Written December 16, 2015
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TwoKatz
Metchosin, Canada1,631 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
Wow = great. Yes, much more expensive than the knit goods you can buy on the street or other tourist shops but the quality is fabulous and is hand made following centuries old craftsmanship guidelines. There is an interesting museum wing as well that is free of charge. Demonstrations of weaving take place through-out the day in the shop. We bought decorative pillow cases, toques, a vest and hat bands - all very nice and great quality. Nice colours not the bright, gaudy, cheap mass produced stuff. All priced in USD. Can pay USD cash or plastic (MC or Visa). Buy that other stuff for your family and friend souvenirs then come here and buy yourself something really special as a wonderful memento of Peru.
Written March 1, 2015
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markpack
San Francisco, CA13 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
A lovely stop to see the quality weavings and women working. It is close downtown, don't miss it, HOWEVER, if you have the time to go to Chincherro, about 45 minutes out of Cusco in the Sacred Valley to where there is a woman's collective effort on hand weaving then do that and save all the quality shopping for goods made by these women. Watch their demonstration.
Written January 9, 2015
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S. A
44 contributions
Apr 2014 • Solo
The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC - Centro de Textiles Tradicionales de Cusco) offers a museum section which traces the history of true Inca weaving. They also have a shop which offers products made using all the Inca techniques of weaving, including only natural dyes and the hand spinning of the "yarns". No synthetic materials are used. They have ponchos, chullos, water bottle holders, scarves, placemats, table runners, and a myriad of other weavings all hand made. The Center also offers back strap loom weaving lessons. I took 18 hours of lessons to review what I had learned 24 years ago. It as marvelous . There is a "curriculum" set up which is very well thought out. The weaver teacher I had is superb. One can take as few as three hours of lessons or as many as you want. I highly recommend this spot to visit. It is an accurate, interesting insight into the magnificent weaving talent of a dynamic civilization of Peru. The Center works very hard to preserve the "old" ways of this skill. The director of the Center, Nilda Callañaupa, has spent years researching by speaking to the elders, the true masters of the craft. She, herself, is recognized as a master weaver of Perú. She works closely with nine towns who have chosen to resurrect the true craft of Inca back strap weaving. If you are a history or weaving aficionado you will not be disappointed.
Written April 27, 2014
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