Day 18 – Ayacucho

We rode to a workshop to visit an embroiderer who showed us the process of creating what he called Colonial Design, adapted from the Spaniards.

Here is the product, wrought with bright colors.

We visited a leather worker who showed us how he used tools to create his designs.
His family used to make saddles in the days when horses got people around Ayacucho.

Next we visited a master potter, who showed us his workshop. His wife, who is now ill, used to work with him and went to Paris for an exhibit a few years ago.

His kiln is full of pieces to fire.

This piece was one of my favorites, about 18 inches long and 12 inches tall. It’s museum quality, and Maximo bought it for his collection.

Lunch was a hamburger, with tiny, crispy fries inside the bun.

Allison is modeling the way to eat it.

Next we went to a natural dyeing workshop at a place in the neighborhood where Maximo was raised. The woman on the left is Maximo’s niece. She is married to the man next to her, Sergio M. Jairo Rojas, who is the master designer at Art Textil Jaico. Their son is in the blue shirt.

Sergio gave us a demo of natural dyeing. It was interesting to see it from the perspective of Ayacucho.

Sergio employs several embroiderers.

His design of the Inca cosmology is gorgeous, all embroidered, wall size.

After the demo we were entertained by two musicians, one on a fiddle, one on an Andean harp.

We danced long and fast with an Andean dance step, even though we’d just had 2 Pisco Sours and the altitude was taking its toll. I thought I might drop when the music finally stopped.

Tomorrow more workshops. Lots of beautiful things and people.

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