Precolumbian dyes

Textiles and dyes from precolumbian Perú

The textile heritage of ancient Peru, perhaps insufficiently recognized and valued by Peruvians themselves. We do not know the immense potential of the legacy of the Andean culture. In Ecotintes we were inspired by her and this is a humble tribute.

Pre columbian dyes: ancestral art


The pre-columbian textiles is a technique transformed into a work of art, that made tanticamayoc, dyers cauticamayos or former Peru together with cumbicamayoc or weavers, managed with great skill in their textiles reflect their life and environment.

Pre columbian dyes: natural wealth


The sources of pre-Columbian Peru dyes were numerous fruit of the enormous natural wealth of the Andean-Amazonian territory.



Alder bark yields a brown dye, which was used in the dyeing of the pre-Hispanic textiles.

Antaco or chamiri


It is a small plant whose roots were much appreciated since ancient times because it gives them a lovely red tint. Its use is associated with development of the great pre-Hispanic textiles, especially of the Paracas culture.

The Indigo

Plant dyeing qualities strongly associated with cotton, from pre-Hispanic times. The strength of blue on textiles is of great admiration. The secrets of the art of dyeing should be investigated.

Chilca dye plant

Fragmento teñido con chilca

Milenaria planta tintórea que fue utilizada por los antiguos "químicos" de las culturas prehispánicas, para obtener variedad de colores amarillos y verdes. En la actualidad, la Chilca es empleada por los tejedores artesanales, que mantienen vigente la tradición de sus antepasados.

Molle huiñan

Molle huiñan

Los químicos prehispánicos obtuvieron del molle un tinte color amarillo, usado en el teñido de textiles que se aprecian en la Cultura Wari.

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