This table runner is handwoven in naturally-dyed wool and alpaca yarn, and showcases a complex sequence of motifs from the Accha Alta community in the Peruvian highlands. This exquisite runner is framed by two side bands featuring the lake design. The large central band features a diamond design containing designs of flora and fauna. The combination of colors all from natural dyes showcases a true master of color.
This handsome table runner is made on a backstrap loom with special emphasis on the traditional patterning from Accha Alta in the Peruvian Highlands of Cusco. Accha Alta textiles are characterized by thin sections of plain weave and wide ley (supplementary warp technique) designs.
The edges are cleanly finished with a decorative tubular braid, nawi awapa, meaning “eye border”.
This runner was woven by Margarita Huaman Puma, an artisan member of the Center for Traditional Textiles in Cusco, Peru. The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC) is a Peruvian NGO with a mission to revive and preserve the cultural heritage of artisanal textiles. By educating people of these traditions through classes, exhibits, and trainings, CTTC also provides commercial opportunities. With this support, they help over 600 weavers from eleven villages with a sustainable income which in turn supports their families and villages.