Participant Portfolios / Andean Highlands

Ana Dolores Russi Suárez

wool weaver (sewing, crochet, and knitting), Sutamarchán

Ana Dolores Russi weaves both with esparto (needle grass) fibers and lamb’s wool. She learned this craft by watching her uncles, mother, and other community weavers. Her uncles made sandals and her mother wove wool ruanas. Dolores does loom weaving and also knits and crochets goods, which she sells in the market. For two years, she also worked with a cooperative and produced fabric for stores.

"We come from our ancestors, from them we learned to sheer the wool and to weave what we make today."

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Ana Dolores Russi Suárez
Ana Dolores Russi Suárez

Ana Dolores Russi Suárez weaves a hat using sheep wool.
Photo by Amy Vaughters, Smithsonian Institution