Cultural Preservation - Peru

Traditional Inca weaving processes and patterns had been lost. The Quechua people no longer wore beautiful traditional clothing. Master weaver Nilda Callañaupa arranged academic credit for students who interviewed their grandmothers about their grandmothers’ weaving. Little by little, she collected enough information to start a renaissance.

Today, thanks to Nilda’s nonprofit Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, ancient methods of weaving flourish; men, women and children create and wear indigenous clothing with pride. Weaving grandmothers describe their lives, memories, skills and spirit in GRANDMOTHER POWER.

News About Grandmothers in Peru

Updates about the grandmother groups in Grandmother Power

Behind the Scenes:

Go behind the scenes with Paola in Peru via this sampling of pictures that are not in the book; meet husbands, grandchildren and interpreters. See scenery and people that caught Paola’s attention while she was interviewing and photographing grandmothers in the Peruvian Altiplano.

Go Behind the Scenes of Paola's Project

In the News:

Project Website: Learn more about the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco on the organization’s website.

Book Events: Come to one of Paola's presentations to learn more about this wonderful project.

More Reading: Nilda Callañaupa has written two books, one about traditional Peruvian weaving and one, published in 2012, about the textiles in her village, Chinchero.


Paola serves on the board of International Nature and Cultural Adventures (INCA), an adventure travel company that visits the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco’s weaving centers in the Altiplano. INCA’s videographer, Wes Walker, edited this video especially for the GRANDMOTHER POWER website.