There’s a distinct look to the weaving of Pitumarca, yet every woven piece is different. Each one reflects the imagination, mood, and life experiences of its weavers, from the color choices and stripe sequences to motif selection – never two exactly alike. Their backstrap woven, warp-faced weaves include multicolored floral and diamond patterns using a supplementary technique. The soft, dusky colors, both from plant dyes and natural fibers, are typical of Pitumarca. The prominent use of their own traditional motifs, also typical.
This runner was backstrap woven by Virginia Castro Leon, a member of Pitumarca village and cooperative member of Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, located in the province of Canchis in the southern region of the Peruvian Highlands, Pitumarca is a small town nestled at the base of the snowcapped Willkanuta mountain range near the revered Ausangate mountain.
50% wool, 50% alpaca
20″ x 77″