This finely woven Peruvian table runner features a large cochineal center band framed by two bands of traditional motifs from Chinchero. A variety of motifs representing agriculture including hook designs inspired by handmade rope made of Quya. The diamond shapes are called Luraypa. One of the most representative designs in Chinchero today, Luraypa is the proper name of the design; the term has no other meaning, although it could refer to the technique.
The yarn is tightly twisted wool and alpaca and is naturally dyed from local plants, flowers, barks, bugs, and roots. The backstrap weaving technique produces a double-faced fabric in which the pattern is the same on both sides, but the colors are opposite. Patterns are produced by picking up the warp threads from the bottom layer to create a motif, at the same time dropping their corresponding warp threads from the top so that the motif appears on the opposite side.
The edges are cleanly finished with a decorative tubular braid, nawi awapa, meaning “eye border”.
This table runner was handwoven by Ayde Quispe Quispe a member of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco cooperative weaving village of Chinchero, located in the Peruvian highlands of Cusco.