Andean Simp’a Wallqa Necklace
Friday, June 8th, 8:30-3:30pm
The art of braiding in the Andes is thousands of years old. It’s primary use was to make slings for hunting and herding, then later for decoration. The traditional method of Andean braiding was by hand, which is still practiced today. In the mid-20th century, the technique of making these braids was extensively researched, and adapted for the plate and the marudai, bringing the technique into reach for modern braiders.
This braid is an adaptation of an ancient Andean pattern of frets – “broken” diamonds. The name of the project translates to “braided necklace” in Quechua, the indigenous language of Peru. This samples were made using a variety of yarns to illustrate the potential of the technique.
This will be a fun class. By the end, you’ll know the basic moves used to make most Andean Braids. I’ll have a selection of eclectic yarns that I’ve collected in Japan and around the US, and your kit will include a magnetic clasp, a foam plate, and great instructions.
Interested? Visit the Bead and Button registration page to sign up. Hope to see you in Milwaukee!