This exquisitely woven alpaca, wool shawl features embroidered geometric bands framed by deep purple bands. This technique is unique to the village of Sallac, and the finished result looks as though it was produced by a supplementary weft weaving technique. The natural rainbow of rich colors all come from natural dyes. Sophisticated and elegant, the shawl drapes nicely and is finished with a twisted fringe as well as tubular border. These tubular edgings protect the textile from physical wear, they also are said to protect the textile spiritually. Most tubular edgings come in some variation of an eye pattern and many weavers explain that these borders watch over or protect the textile from befalling future harm.
Backstrap woven by artisan Timotea Turpa Durand from Sallac, a highland village member of the Cusco Center for Traditional Textiles (CTTC). CTTC works with Quechuan-speaking artisans to help preserve Inca textiles and weaving traditions as well as to build skills, community networking, and to develop markets for the goods.