Blue Inca Rivers

Backstrap Handwoven Colorful Blue Alpaca Cushion Cover

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SKU: 402921
Masterfully woven by hand, intricate diamonds motifs flow in bands across an expanse of blue. Artisans from the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco revive ancient techniques and designs for this handloomed cushion cover. Working on a backstrap loom, they utilize patterns that derive from Inca art 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 cushion cover a unique piece of handcrafted art. The reverse side is solid espresso brown.
  • 100% alpaca, acrylic trim and lining
  • Cushion(s) not included
  • Dry clean or hand wash in cold water
  • Dry in the shade
  • Features a zipper closure
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • 0.37 lbs
  • 17.8 inches L x 11 inches W
  • Made in Peru