Chinchero Skies

Backstrap Handwoven Blue and Red Alpaca Shoulder Bag

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SKU: 393623
Patiently handwoven on the backstrap loom, ancient motifs recall the splendor of the Inca empire, when such textiles were more highly prized than gold. Artisans of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco craft a handbag of timeless beauty, combining blue and with two shades of red on a dark blue background. They name their design for Chinchero, where time seems to have stood still for centuries and the Quechua language is spoken and seek to keep the old textile traditions alive.

The community raises and cares for its own alpacas. The fleece is washed, carded and spun by hand using a pushka, or drop spindle. The dyes come from plants, nuts and tree bark. The next step is one of the most important, as the artisan prepares the warp, or vertical threads for the backstrap loom. This determines the size of the textile, the color combinations, and the patterns that will be woven.

The intensity of color can vary depending on the hardness of the water, the altitude and the local dye sources, making each textile a unique piece of handcrafted art. The bag is fully lined and opens to reveal a convenient zipper pocket.
  • 100% alpaca. Acrylic lining
  • 0.55 lbs
  • Bag: 11.8 inches H x 12.3 inches W x 3.9 inches D
  • Strap(s): 28.5 inches min L - x 52 inches max L x 1.4 inches W
  • Drop length: 14.5 inches min L - x 27 inches max L
  • Made in Peru