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Kantu

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Chinchero, Peru
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About Kantu
is a family initiative that was born in early 2014 through the creation of a textile center in the district of Chinchero in Cusco, Peru. Our first objective was to have a space for the families in our community to exhibit the fine artistic beauty of Andean weavings, in this case the best of Chinchero, already known throughout Cusco and world-wide for their magnificent quality, as well as the opportunity to sell their goods on the market and generate some income for the people of these rural areas. A center where anyone can come to learn about the techniques, processes, materials, elaboration, the coloring and dyes, and final steps of this handmade art from the master weavers themselves. In addition, a cultural space that supports the recovery and preservation of ancestral traditions of Andean communities to be shared with the world.
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Lying within Peru’s Sacred Valley, the ancient sites of Maras and Moray date back to the days of the Incas, shining a light on a civilization lost in time. On this tour, visit both sites in one day by private vehicle—with pickup and drop-off at your Cusco hotel included. With your guide to lead the way, discover ancient salt flats and irrigated terraces, and see how the Incas worked the land.
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Isabella427 wrote a review Aug 2019
Portland, Oregon48 contributions59 helpful votes
We were brought to the Kantu Weaving Center by a local proprietor. They demonstrated their dyeing techniques and we had an opportunity to purchase from the individual stands. I was surprised to see them selling their handmade items along with Made in China items. I asked about this, but was quickly given a story that only a part of the item was made in China, but the rest she handmade and dyed. I knew it to be untrue because not only had I seen the exact item on a visit to China, but the same item is found in Lima and honest vendors will tell you so. It made me wonder if they truly even made the items they claimed. On top of the lie, the gal was trying to charge 4x the going price. I understand the desire to sell, but honesty and integrity is key. They cheapen what they do and represent by taking on these tactics. I was also very disappointed to later to learn I was charged 2x the going price of similar items and quality in the area. Too add to the feeling of being taken advantage of at Kantu, we believe the proprietor who brought us was also making a commission on our purchases. I am all for supporting traditions, but no likes to feel hustled. They aren’t the only game in town, maybe other co-ops have more integrity.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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P&M@50 wrote a review Feb 2019
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We were brought here on a private tour, thinking we were just visiting the view point across to the village, but no, we had a quick lesson on types of llama and alpaca, which are nicely placed to catch your interest near the view point. Then you are taken up to see the artisanal village, which is basically local families making a living by traditional weaving and entertains and selling to the tourists. We were charmed by the demonstration of dyes and techniques, it is very personal and interesting, and they obviously care passionately for what they do. Boy, do they work hard.Then you are taken to their section of the market area and you feel obliged to buy something. Then we were dressed in local costume while they chanted a farewell song, but not before the children had sold us some more key Rings! Definitely worth the stop, it’s entertaining, but take a little cash!!
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Date of experience: February 2019
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JENNY S. wrote a review Dec 2018
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It was in August, an interesting stop during the sacred Valley tour, this family is amazing, all the techniques, art, its incredible, you dont have to miss it.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Sus1952 wrote a review Aug 2018
Palmerston North, New Zealand1852 contributions567 helpful votes
The centre is in a small village, Chinchero, where the Spanish used the original Inca Street layout and foundations. The effect of this is interesting and worth exploring. It also has the benefit of not being on the usual tourist path. There are interesting Inca ruins still left which are impressive with a lovely church built on top. The views from here are magnificent. The textile centre is small and intimate and we had an excellent demonstration of the various spinning, weaving and dyeing techniques. The centre also served an enjoyable lunch, made using local products. The textiles were too expensive for us to buy but were lovely.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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karenrM8476SO wrote a review Dec 2017
Amarillo, Texas9 contributions
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We came to Chinchero especially to visit the Kantu weaving center on the road just entering the city. The authentic dying and weaving demonstrations of alpaca wool were exceptional. The selling stalls were stacked with original handmade textiles. Weavers were gracious and the visit was extraordinary. Highly recommended. A must see.
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Date of experience: November 2017
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