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Peruvian Andean Handwoven Chumpi Belt

SKU: tx0383

 • Product Size: 60" L  x  3.5" W Ties add an additional 29 in.

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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. 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.

  • The Jakira weaving technique, sometimes called intermesh, produces a very sturdy, thick fabric used only for belts and is executed in the high regions around Pisac, such as Patabamba and Chahuaytire. Jakira is only woven in belts, never woven in big pieces like rugs or ponchos, perhaps due to the difficulty of the technique and in addition there is a rather formidable and heavy belt that is used by young men...the young men use them as belts or straps when they carry heavy cargo and also to wrap up a child, especially since they are so strong. Pilar Ojeda from Patabamba. 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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