This exquisitely woven wool alpaca shawl features 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. These horizontal embroidered patterns join naturally-dyed colored horizontal bands. Motifs can be combined in endless ways to create one-of-a-kind textiles. Each motif has its own meaning. Edgings protect the textile from physical wear, they also are said to protect the textile spiritually. Sophisticated with beautiful drape and finished wit a 4″ twisted fringe this shawl showcases all aspects of the exquisite weaving from Sallac.
The shawl was woven by artisan Florencia Turco Anccalle from Santa Cruz de 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.
90% wool, 10% alpaca
naturally dyed; embroidered pattern
19″ x 75″; 4″ twisted fringe