This exquisitely woven Alpaca shawl features natural alpaca. The horizontal natural stripes of alpaca wool frame three horizontal bands of traditional motifs including Roses (Rosas Tika), lakes (Lagos) and other traditional geometric Peruvian symbols. Motifs can be combined in endless ways to create one-of-a-kind textiles. Each motif has its own meaning. The two edges of the shawl are finished with the traditional ñawi awapa braid trim. This shawl showcases all aspects of the exquisite weaving from Accha Alta.
Sophisticated and elegant, this shawl drapes nicely and is finished with a twisted fringe.
The shawl was woven by artisan Andrea Chura Flores from Accha Alta, a highland village member of the Cusco Center for Traditional Textiles (CTTC). CTTC works with Quechuan-speaking artisans to help preserve Inca textiles and weaving traditions as well as to build skills, community networking, and to develop markets for the goods.