Richly colored with natural dyes and expertly woven in tapestry technique, this eye catching wall hanging is a fine work of art. Frame it or mount it to hang on a decorative hanger.
This style of tapestry dates back to the late 15th and 16th centuries, the Spanish Colonial period in Peru. Weavers in Pitumarca revived it in the 1980s and began to make these decorative pieces. The motifs include flowers and other symbols that are combined in a narrative design.
Tapestry (tapiz) is an ancient weaving technique practiced by many cultures; in Peru it dates back to pre-Incan times. It is a weft-faced weave woven in interlocking sections to create the pictorial motifs and patterns.
The Pitumarca weaving community is a member of the Center for Traditional Textiles in Cusco, Peru (CTTC), and is the only group carrying on this tradition. This fine example was woven by Honorato Quispe Ccallo.