Andean Simp’a Wallqa Necklace

– with Bob Galivan

The art of braiding in the Andes has existed for thousands of years. Braiding was mainly utilitarian, for slings and ties, but often decorative for headbands and decoration. 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 piece is made using Habu’s viscose sizing yarn in contrasting colors for dramatic effect, and a large spiral clasp.

Students will learn the art of Andean braiding on the square foam plate. The movements necessary to create Andean braids are different than those used in kumihimo (Japanese braiding). At the end of the class, students will understand Andean braiding techniques, and will be able to read Andean braiding patterns

  • B180531
  • Instructor: Bob Galivan
  • Class Type: General
  • Date: Fri. June 8
  • Time: 9:00am-4:00pm (1 hr break) (6 hours)
  • Skill Level: All levels
  • Maximum Class Size: 12
  • Class Fee : $204.00
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