This intricately woven Peruvian table runner featuring rich stripes also features two side bands of repeating motifs and a center band showcasing pebble weave technique producing rich collection of local fauna motifs and the village weaving center from Chinchero.
The yarn is tightly twisted wool and alpaca and is naturally dyed from local plants, flowers, barks, bugs, and roots. Especially note the rich red color which is cochineal. The backstrap weaving technique produces a double-faced fabric in which the pattern is the same on both sides, but the colors are opposite. Patterns are produced by picking up the warp threads from the bottom layer to create a motif, at the same time dropping their corresponding warp threads from the top so that the motif appears on the opposite side.
The edges are cleanly finished with a decorative tubular braid, nawi awapa, meaning “eye border”. No two are alike as each weaver’s creativity is translated into their work.
This table runner was handwoven by Eulogia Quispe Huamán, a member of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco cooperative weaving village of Chinchero, located in the Peruvian highlands of Cusco.
Fiber: 90% wool, 10% alpaca
Size: 17 1/2″ W x 110″ L