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Our soft yet strong South American sling is made of alpaca hair from Peruvian craftspeople in the South Andes. The Peruvian word for a sling is huaraca. In the ancient Andean civilizations, such as the Inca Empire, slings were made from llama wool. Andean slings were constructed from contrasting colors of wool; complex braiding and fine workmanship resulting in beautiful patterns. Ceremonial slings were also made; these were large, and non-functional and generally lacked a slit for a stone. To this day, ceremonial slings are used in parts of the Andes as accessories in dances and in mock battles. They are also used by llama herders; the animals will move away from the thump of a well-aimed stone. The stones are not slung to hit the animals, but to persuade them to move in the desired direction. Your sling may differ slightly from image in cradle and rope color and design.
Llama and alpaca wool, the traditional fibers and colors of Andean clothing make this cap feel rustic in style. Feel its warmth and protection, not only on your head but over your ears as well. Knitted with 4 inch decorative strings falling from the ear flaps. Hand knitted from 50% llama and 50% alpaca wool from the Andes of Bolivia. its head diameter of 20 to 24 inches. Your choice of colors. As this is a handmade product, patterns and colors may vary slightly from the pictures shown. Hand wash cool gently or dry clean.
Mitten Gloves, Glittens or Flip Top Mittens -- call them what you like, they are back! Hand knit of the softest 100% alpaca wool blend, keeping your hands and fingers warm and cozy, yet allowing for fingertip dexterity to feed the parking meter, insert a subway ticket or tap smart phone buttons. Stylish features include a wrist slit, and button loop on top of the mitten which fits over a small wrist button to keep the mitt folded over when using your fingers. Very practical and stylish. Choice of colors and size. Bolivia.
This rustic belt beautifully conveys the Chincheros traditional weaving designs - intricate patterns and iconography of items important in their lives. Reversible. The designs are woven to produce an image with positive color and weave effect on one side and opposite color and weave effect of the same image on the reverse. Hand woven by the Chincheros of Peru.
Handwoven by weavers of the Chincheros village, located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, near the Cusco area of Peru, this belt can be worn or displayed.Some also use the belts for wrapping their mesas for travel. It’s a joyful array of motifs inspired by the rivers, the mountains, the stars, and fields--all very important in the lives of this people. A complimentary warp technique produces a double-faced fabric in which the pattern is the same on both sides, but colors are reversed. Unexpected hues of deep raspberry, gold and black of naturally dyed sheep's wool and alpaca. Your choice of belt widths 4 inches (18 inches long) or 4.5 inches (34 inches long).