The Chaska and Tika (star and flowers in Quechua) pillow cover is a collaborative project of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, textile designer Bonie Shupe, and ClothRoads. This mix of pillows features unique symbols, backstrap woven in naturally-dyed colors from the Chahuaytire community in Peru.
The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC) is a Peruvian NGO with a mission to revive and preserve the cultural heritage of artisanal textiles. By educating people of these traditions through classes, exhibits, and trainings, CTTC also provides commercial opportunities. With this support, they help over 450 weavers from ten villages with a sustainable income which in turn supports their families and villages.
Bonie Shupe is a textile and product designer who has worked one-on-one with the artisan weavers to create these vibrant new designs while retaining their traditional motifs and techniques.
The backs are dark gray wool fabric with zippered closure. Insert not included. These are easy care–hand wash and lay flat to dry.