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Faustino Maldonado's artistry has been featured in Sunset magazine.
Faustino Maldonado was born in Hualhuas, a town located 7.5 miles from Huancayo, on the edge of the Mantaro Valley. Because his parents and grandparents were artisans, he learned at an eary age to weave on rustic looms, to prepare the warp using the pushca, and spin on the rueca. Since he first started weaving, Maldonado has mastered the art and has immensely improved the quality of his textiles. Maldonado's work is a representation of the art that has been passed down from generation to generation within his family. The family motto has been, "I will never let go of either my grandfather or grandson's hands, for what I have learned from the elders, I will teach to the young." Based on this family philosophy, Maldonado and his relatives have been making large bedspreads in high relief without any stitching. They also proudly craft sheep wool and alpaca tapestries, purses, backpacks, cushions, and vests. The Maldonado family's works have become so popular that their trips to supply art markets in towns such as Huancayo, Lima, Cuzco, and Huancavelica have increased in frequency.
Dark waves lap at a sea of crimson as stars twinkle in orderly rows. Faustino Maldonado weaves two dramatic cushion covers with pre-Hispanic motifs. Working on the Andean handloom, he creates his beautiful design in luxurious alpaca wool. A slot opening at the back permits insertion of the cushions. Sold Individually
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Working in luxurious alpaca wool, Faustino Maldonado creates a handsome hooded cloak for men. The warm but lightweight garment is based on the traditional poncho. Buttons crafted from dried mate gourds secure each side.rnrnThe artisan includes a spare button.
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Working in luxurious alpaca wool, Faustino Maldonado creates a handsome hooded cloak. The warm but lightweight garment is based on the traditional poncho. Buttons crafted from dried mate gourds secure each side, and the poncho features two pockets.rnrnThe artisan includes a spare button.
Regular Price: $580.95
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Pre-Hispanic butterflies adorn a handsome handloomed cloak. Working in luxurious alpaca wool, Faustino Maldonado selects the colors of Huaytapallana, a snowcapped mountain in the province of Huancayo. The warm but lightweight garment is based on the traditional poncho. Buttons crafted from dried mate gourds secure each side. They bear the inscription Tahuantinsuyo, which refers to the Inca empire's geographic division which included Antisuyo, Collasuyo, Chinchaysuyo and Contisuyo.
Unique Peruvian Alpaca Wool Men's Poncho
Alpaca wool forms intricate geometric patterns in natural colors. The undyed yarn showcases the soft beige, cream, brown and black tones of this Andean animal. Faustino Maldonado and his family weave a cloak of extraordinary beauty. The piece takes its name from the artisan town of Hualhuas.
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When the mist falling over the Andes hides the majestic peaks, a road to home is invented in the eternal warmth of alpaca wool. In proud tribute to their roots, Faustino Maldonado and his family weave this song of nostalgic voices, the ideal accompaniment on a wintry night.
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