With brilliant images, contextual photos and actual examples of contemporary knitted caps, Cynthia LeCount Samaké shows that, contrary to expectations, knitters in the Andes continue to produce amazing headgear and other textiles for their own use. Their intricate and innovative work today surprises viewers by going beyond typical colors and motifs, while remaining true to traditional techniques and form. Rapacious multi-colored monsters and brightly striped dancing devils balance on proud, tipsy heads at Carnival in Bolivia! Join Cynthia for a whirlwind tour of the latest fancy, festival knitting from the Andean highlands.
Cynthia is a textile expert with an MA in Art History from UC Davis, California. She has been guest curator for museum exhibitions of Andean knitting and Carnival costume, and taught World Textiles for many years in the Design Department at UC Davis. Twenty-five years ago, she began Behind the Scenes Adventures, organizing textile tours to far-flung parts of the world to share her love of knitting, weaving and block-printing. She still accompanies all the tours, and especially loves the textiles of Bolivia, Bhutan, and Uzbekistan.