This exquisitely woven scarf has meticulously embroidered geometric bands. This technique is unique to the village of Sallac, and the finished result looks as though it was produced by a supplementary weft weaving technique. The naturally-dyed colors are rich and deep: sage, cochineal with accents of blue, mustard and rose. Sophisticated and elegant, the scarf had a good drape and is finished with a twisted fringe.
There are two pattern variations: broad, solid bands with narrower pattern stripes; geometric bands with narrow solid stripes.
Backstrap woven by artisan Juana Quispe from Sallac, a highland village member of the Cusco Center for Traditional Textiles (CTTC). CTTC works with Quechuan-speaking artisans to help preserve Inca textiles and weaving traditions as well as to build skills, community networking, and to develop markets for the goods.
Colors: sage, cochineal, with accents blue, mustard, rose
Fiber: 90% wool, 10% alpaca
Size: 7″ W x 78″ L with 4″ twisted fringe