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Alpaca Wool Poncho - Road to Huancayo
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.
Maldonado Family 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 early 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.
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