This carrying cloth (lliclla) is an exquisite example of the discontinuous warp technique from the Pitumarca community. It’s woven in two panels on a backstrap loom using naturally dyed, handspun alpaca and wool yarn. The woven patterns use the ley technique–a supplementary warp that forms designs on one side of the textile, thus causing the design to float on the top face of the weaving.
The weaving community of Pitumarca is internationally known for their revival of discontinuous weaving. In this technique weavers can change the color of their warp thread anywhere they desire by inserting sticks into their warp. This technique was invented by pre-Columbian cultures and was particularly important to the Paracas and Nazca; it is a weaving technique that cannot be found in any other culture in the world other than in pre-Columbian, Andean societies.
This large lliclla was woven by Elana Chuquichampi Yuno, a member of Pitumarca weaving association and cooperative member of Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, located in the province of Canchis in the southern region of the Peruvian Highlands, Pitumarca is a small town nestled at the base of the snowcapped Willkanuta mountain range near the revered Ausangate mountain.
Colors: sage, rose, cochineal, indigo with accents of gold, black, jade, cobalt, black, rust
Fiber: 50% alpaca, 50% wool
Size: 58” W x 46” L
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