This exquisitely woven alpaca and wool table runner from the weaving community of Santa Cruz de Sallac, Peru, features the watay (Quechua term for ikat or resist-dyeing) technique recently revived among the Sallac weavers. An additional Sallac signature is the meticulously embroidered geometric 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 naturally-dyed colors are rich and deep: cochineal and indigo with four colorful embroidered bands. Sophisticated and elegant, the edges are cleanly finished with a woven edge trim. No two are alike as each weaver’s creativity is translated into their work.
Backstrap woven by artisan, Virginia Quispe Huaman, from Santa Cruz de Sallac, a highland village member of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (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.