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Peruvian Andean Handwoven Chumpi Belt

SKU: tx0383

 • Product Size: 48" L  x  4.5" W Ties add 24" to belt length

Fair Trade
Hand Made
Supports Indigenous Cultures

Product Origin

Sacred Valley Textiles


This wide, rustic and sturdy, gently used belt beautifully conveys the Peruvian Andean weavers traditional designs - intricate patterns and iconography of items important in their lives. Each icon has a specific meaning some only known to the weaver herself. Reversible. The pattern is the same on both sides, but the colors are opposite.

Measures 48" long and 4.5" wide with 12 inch belt ties.

Belt length approximate. Belts can be worn, used as ties or straps or used as an overlay on ground mesas or altars. Made in the Sacred Valley of Peru.

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  • We wove wide, thick belts for the men so that they could carry heavy loads from the harvest and their backs would be supported. Rosa Quispe from Chinchero. Quotation from Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands by Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez

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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

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