This exquisitely woven shawl features handspun alpaca, wool naturally-dyed with indigo and cochineal. The horizontal indigo, cochineal stripes frame three horizontal bands of traditional motifs. Motifs can be combined in endless ways to create one-of-a-kind textiles. Each motif has its own meaning. Tubular edgings protect the textile from physical wear, they also are said to protect the textile spiritually. The tubular edging on this shawl is a variation of an eye pattern “nawi awapa”. Many weavers explain that these borders watch over or protect the textile from befalling future harm. Sophisticated with beautiful drape and finished with a 4″ beaded twisted fringe this shawl showcases all aspects of the exquisite weaving from Accha Alta.
The shawl was woven by artisan Hilaria Huaman Condori from Accha Alta, 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: cochineal, indigo, accents of rose, purple, sage, gold
Fiber: 50% wool, 50% alpaca
Size: 19 1/4″ W x 79″ L plus 4″ twisted fringe