This exquisitely woven alpaca, wool shawl 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 natural rainbow of rich colors all come from natural dyes including cochineal and indigo. Sophisticated and elegant, the shawl drapes nicely and is finished with a twisted fringe.
Backstrap woven by artisan Timotea Turpo Durand 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.