Peruvian Carrying Cloth


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Peruvian women use these beautiful squares or rectangles as mantas, a small traditional shawl that is often used as a carrying cloth 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 handspun yarns are handwoven on a backstrap loom and then joined to make a four sided 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, alpaca yarn is naturally dyed from local plants, flowers, barks, bugs, and roots. The motifs are traditional to this weaving village, Chinchero.

This manta is woven by Maruja Huaman Callañaupa. She is a member of the Chinchero village cooperative which is part of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, located in the Peruvian highlands of Cusco.

Colors: rusts, forest, with accents of rose, cochineal, sage, burgundy
Fiber: 90% wool, 10% alpaca
Size: 34″ W x 33″ L


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