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Hooded Peru 'Andean Highland' Poncho

SKU: txp0158

 • Product Size: 55" L  x  37" W

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Faustino Maldonado

Working in luxurious alpaca wool, Faustino Maldonado created a handsome hooded cloak based on the traditional poncho. This warm but lightweight garment is made from 100% alpaca wool. Carved buttons crafted from dried mate gourds secure each side and  features two deep front pockets. 

Measures 37 x 55 inches and weighs 3.4 lbs.

Handcrafted in Peru.

The textile softness is somewhat coarse as this item was made with natural fibers that were not softened in order to preserve the material's natural state.

  • A poncho is a garment designed to keep the body warm, or if made from a watertight material, to keep dry during rain. The poncho, commonly associated with the Americas, is known as traditional clothing. In Peru, the most distinctive part of men's clothing is the handwoven poncho. Nearly every Quechua man and boy has a poncho, generally red in colour decorated with intricate designs. Each district has a distinctive pattern. In some communities such as Huilloc, Patacancha, and many villages in the Lares Valley ponchos are worn as daily attire. However most men use their ponchos on special occasions such as festivals, village meetings, weddings etc. In other areas of the world, some of the local names and variants are: chamanto, only in central Chile (yet still poncho in the north and south of Chili); jorongo, gaban; or serape in Mexico; and ruana in the cold regions of Colombia. Serving not only as a cloak, a poncho may also be used as a pillow and blanket. When not being used for protection against the elements, a wool poncho makes a fine wall decoration. Today ponchos are known worldwide and are worn by men, women and children.


    37 x 55 inches

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    More details:

    • Dry Clean Only 
    • 100% Alpaca
    • Made in Peru
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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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