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Sacred Valley Textiles
Textile systems developed in Peru over the millennia represent a treasury of techniques rare in the world. Most remain unknown outside of Peru. They are passed on, not by writing, but by the Andean process of person-to-person communication, by watching and practicing. Peruvian weaving is a ritual activity with many layers of meaning.
Peruvian textiles honor Pachamama, Mother Earth. They express appreciation for the process of growth and generation and the concept of relatedness to other species and the natural world. Many people find inspiration in the ideas of indigenous people who developed systems of survival in this hemisphere before the time of Columbus. Icons and symbols expressed in the arts that inspire a respect for the earth can help to keep alive our efforts at preservation and conservation. Source: Center for Traditional Textiles in Cusco
Alpaca fiber is classified as a rare specialty fiber. It is both more lustrous and stronger than mohair, five times warmer than sheep wool fiber, as soft and delicate as the world's finest fibers. With 22 natural colors of alpaca fleece the fibers can be blended to create a plethora of natural colors. Its hollow fibers contribute to the creation of lightweight apparel with a very high insulation value. Alpaca is easily dyed, does not itch, tear, pill, stain or create static and is generally non-allergenic.