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Alpaca Wool Blend Poncho 'Snowy Peak'

SKU: txp0017

 • Product Size: 74" L  x  57" W

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Faustino Maldonado

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.

    • All natural dyes
    • 80% alpaca wool & 20% sheep
    • Dry clean only
    • Weight: 3.3 lbs

    Textile softness: Coarse -- this item is made with natural fibers that have not been softened in order to preserve the material's natural state.

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    Faustino Maldonado

    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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