This large sized north south tote is a rainbow of woven stripes. The unique colors are achieved by natural dyes extracted from flowers, insects, barks and roots. It’s handwoven by the Chinchero CTTC weaving cooperative in the Peruvian Highlands of Cusco. The stripes vary in width and in color pattern, based on the weaver who made it, making each bag unique, just like the rainbow.
This tote bag has a snap closure. The gusset design allows for carrying plenty. The carrying straps feature a thick yarn version of the ñawi awapa braid making this a very unique bag. The colors of the rainbow can also be found throughout Chinchero textiles. Chinchero located 45 minutes outside of Cusco on the high plain Pampa de Anta, Chinchero looks out on stunning views where rainbows frequently arch across potato fields during the rainy season.
This bag was woven by Ernestina Pumayalli Auccacusi, a member of the Chinchero village and cooperative member of Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, located in the Peruvian Highlands of Cusco.
CTTC works with Quechua women and their families to ensure that their 2000-year old textile traditions continue to thrive, and to aid in economic development.