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Handwoven Baby Alpaca Poncho - Sallac Artistry

SKU: txp0110

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Working in baby alpaca — the fine fleece from the season's first shearing — the artisans of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco created a handwoven masterpiece. Rows of intricate geometric motifs flow across this ruby red poncho. Woven by hand on the backstrap loom using colors favored by ancient Andean cultures. Its name reveals its inspiration in the small Inca community of Sallac.

The community raises and cares for its own alpacas. The fleece is washed, carded and spun by hand using a pushka, or drop spindle. The dyes come from plants, nuts and tree bark. The next step is one of the most important, as the artisan prepares the warp, or vertical threads for the backstrap loom. This determines the size of the textile, the color combinations, and the patterns that will be woven.

The intensity of color can vary depending on the hardness of the water, the altitude and the local dye sources, making each textile a unique piece of handcrafted art.

Measures 41 inches in width, 28 inches in length with a 7 inch dip for the head entrance; playful fringe measures 4 inches along the bottom of this amazing poncho.

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    • 100% alpaca
    • All natural dyes
    • Textile softness: Soft -- this item has been made with natural fibers that are soft to the touch
    • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
    • Eco-Friendly: colored with organic dyes
    • Made in Peru

    Read how we measure our ponchos here in our blog.

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