Photos from a Part Time Architect, Part Time Photographer, Full Time Dreamer.

The White City – Arequipa, Peru

The following series of photos were taken at a wool shop in downtown Arequipa.  (www.michell.com.pe). I was extremely excited when we stumbled upon this place because I am an avid knitter, and I love to work with natural fibers. (Ilias could care less about knitting and he still thought it was interesting!)  The shop has a small exhibit showing how Alpaca yarn is made in Peru, and these are Quecha women demonstrating various weaving techniques.

I will never know how these women were able to make such flawless designs without the use of a pattern. Everything is done from their memories, which is completely amazing to me.

This pictures shows some of the different things used to dye the wool. I focused the shot on the red spindle because I never wanted to forget how the Andean people made red dye. If you look in the bowl, those are dried, dead insects called Cochineals. When these insects are crushed, they release a deep red pigment and this is what’s used to make red yarn. Here’s an article explaining the whole process: www.threadsofperu.com. Interesting, right?

 

Monastario de Santa Catalina

If you ever have the chance to visit Arequipa, this is one place I feel is a must-see.

Arequipa is often referred to as, “The White City” because much of the architecture is constructed with a local white volcanic rock called, Sillar. This rock was used to create the monastery, and the walls were painted BOLD shades of red and blue. This place is HUGE (over 20,000 square meters!). The entire complex feels like it’s own city, and the paint colors seem to create neighborhoods within it.

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8 responses

  1. These photos are fantastic! Peru is definitely on my “to see” list.

    April 1, 2011 at 8:43 pm

  2. very nice and interesting travel photos..

    April 2, 2011 at 3:42 am

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  4. Arequipa is amazing!! I wish I had visited more places there!!! beautiful photos!!

    April 2, 2011 at 10:26 am

  5. imaginecreation

    I came on your blog cuz of your FP’ed post with the amazing floating islands . . . but I was truly captured with this one! Awesome colors and photography! Beautiful!!

    April 2, 2011 at 11:11 am

    • Thank you so much for checking it out! I need to add some text to this Arequipa post, it’s another amazing place in Peru. :)

      April 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm

  6. Such beautiful & breathtaking photography :D!! Amazingly beautiful :D!!

    April 3, 2011 at 8:35 am

  7. Amazing pics from what seems like an amazing holiday! :)

    August 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm

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