Nowhere else but in the village of Pitumarca in the Peruvian Highlands do artisans continue the ancient technique of weaving known as scaffold or discontinuous warp (ticlla or kuchu). This all natural alpaca manta (cloth) is finely woven by master weaver Asunta Quispe Vda. De Mamani.
Woven on a backstrap loom of naturally-dyed, handspun alpaca and wool yarns, the warp threads change colors along their length; there is no seam in the center. (The color changing occurs during the warping process.) This intricate, warp-faced patterning of traditional motifs changes midway through the weaving–the artisan weaving from one direction, turning the loom, and weaving from the other. The four edges of the cloth are finished with the traditional ñawi awapa braid trim.
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.
Asunta Quispe Vda. De Mamani from Pitumarca, is a member of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC). To learn more about CTTC, visit here.