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.
This intricate cloth is 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 stripe patterns are woven with different motifs running vertically—all traditional to the village of Chahuaytire. The wool and alpaca yarn is naturally dyed from local plants, flowers, barks, bugs, and roots; the background coloring is indigo blue.
This manta is woven by Juana Quispe Siccos, a member of the village cooperative Chahuaytire, part of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, located in the Peruvian highlands.