Imagine this finely woven Peruvian manta (shawl) draped over your couch or as a statement cloth for your table or wall. It will add warmth and beauty to your home, no matter how you use it. Peruvian women use these beautiful cloths as mantas, or shawls, but we find them ideally suited for interior decor. Used as table accents or wall art, they will add a warm and special touch to your home.
The intricate fabrics are handwoven on a backstrap loom and then joined to make a square cloth. The join is hidden by embroidery, and the four edges of the cloth are finished with the traditional ñawi awapa braid trim. The wool and alpaca yarn is naturally dyed from local plants including indigo and cochineal, flowers, barks, bugs, and roots. The motifs are traditional to this weaving village, Chahuaytire.
This manta is woven by Cirilo Yucra Mamani. She is a member of the village cooperative which is part of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, located in the Peruvian highlands of Cusco