2 tours from £5,895pp

Local Information

  • Capital Lima
  • Language Spanish
  • Currency Sol
  • Tip 10%
  • Time Zone GMT-5
  • Electricity Type A and C (220 Volt)

Destination Overview

Peru, a land of ancient wonders and cultural treasures, boasts the longest continuous history of textile production dating back almost 10,000 years. By 500 AD, this rudimentary craft had evolved into an intricate art form, showcasing the ingenuity and creativity of its people. A crafting journey to this diverse country allows you to delve into its artistic tradition whilst exploring awe-inspiring destinations such as Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Lima, and the Sacred Valley, where textile and agricultural techniques have been passed down for generations.

At the heart of Peruvian textile traditions lies the most characteristic garment—the chullo. This distinctive knitted hat, adorned with earflaps and vibrant colours, is both functional and symbolic, and you can explore the processes, production and history of this iconic piece of clothing.

Peruvian textiles are not merely fabrics; they are living records of history, culture, and identity. On a crafting holiday to Peru, you can explore local markets and witness skilled artisans at work. Delve into the intricate processes of spinning, dyeing, and weaving, where each step preserves the rich legacy of this land. By immersing yourself in Peru's textile traditions, you'll gain a deep appreciation for the artistic and cultural significance woven into every thread, connecting with a history that stretches back millennia.

2 Holidays available from £5,895pp

Textiles

From the capital of Lima to colonial Arequipa and Peru’s most famous attraction, Machu Picchu, this holiday takes you on a journey of discovery.

  • Travel package includes international flights from London to Lima (1 stop) with 1 piece of check-in luggage
  • Internal flights from Lima to Arequipa and Cusco to Lima
  • Titicaca train from Puno to Cusco
  • Airport transfers
  • Tours of Lima, Arequipa (including Alpaca Centre), floating islands on Lake Titicaca, Cusco (including Traditional Textiles Centre), Sacred Valley (including talk and demonstration of traditional textile techniques), Away Weaving Association, Machu Picchu
  • Chocolate making workshop
  • 13 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • 3 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • 3 half-day hand sewing workshops with our expert, kit and tea/coffee included

Availability:

  • 2024 14th May
Travel Options
  • By Air By Air
Knitting

Embrace knitting traditions, gaze out on Colca Canyon and take in the majestic views at Aguas Calientes alongside Carol Meldrum or Jane Crowfoot.

  • International flights from London to Lima (with 1 stop) with 1 piece of check-in luggage
  • Internal flights from Lima to Arequipa and Cusco to Lima
  • Titicaca train from Puno to Cusco
  • Airport transfers
  • Tours of Lima (including Manos del Peru knitwear company), Arequipca (including Alpaca Centre), Floating islands tour on Lake Titicaca, Cusco city tour (including visit to Traditional Textile Centre), Sacred Valley tour (including talk and demonstration of traditional textile techniques), Away Weaving Association and Machu Picchu
  • Chocolate making workshop
  • 13 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • 3 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Three half day workshops with our accompanying expert, kit and tea & coffee included

Availability:

  • 2024 18th July 3rd September
Travel Options
  • By Air By Air
  • Join Direct Join Direct

Meet the
Experts

Each holiday is accompanied by a passionate, enthusiastic expert who specialises in their craft, allowing you to learn different techniques and improve your skills from the best!

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Karin Hellaby

Karin Hellaby

Internationally renowned quilt teacher Karin Hellaby is the author of 11 quilting books and numerous patterns. She is a regular teacher at the Houston International Quilt Show and has been invited to teach at quilting symposiums in New Zealand, Dubai, Paducah and more.
Jane Crowfoot

Jane Crowfoot

Trained as a constructed textile designer, Jane Crowfoot has worked within the hand knitting craft industry for the last 25 years and is recognised as one of the leading designers within her field, more recently acknowledged as one of the pioneers of the UK crochet revival.
Carol Meldrum

Carol Meldrum

Carol Meldrum is a textile designer, workshop tutor, and author of many popular knitting and crochet titles. She is the creative force behind the fashion accessories label, Beatknit. Carol is also a successful workshop tutor teaching all aspects of knit and crochet.
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