Soft, yet extremely strong and durable, this 100% alpaca shoulder bag reflect the range of beautiful natural hues in the fiber of the animals that are so important in highland Peru. The bag is fabricated from a length of cloth, folded in the middle and joined at the sides. It is finished along the sides and the edges of the opening with a special Peruvian braid, nawi awapa. Tassels have been added at the base. The bag design consists of alternating plain and patterned vertical bands; the motifs are characteristic of the Pitumarca region.
The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, Peru, works with these weavers to build skills, networking, and markets to ensure that the 2000-year-old Incan textile traditions will survive and that the weavers and their families can make a sustainable living.