Sacred Valley Heritage

Colorful Backstrap Handwoven Alpaca Ruana Cape

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SKU: 393619
Intricate geometric motifs come to life in radiant colors derived from natural dyes. Artisans of the Cusco Center for Traditional Textiles work with ancestral techniques to create fashion for today and always. This elegant ruana cape is woven by hand of fine alpaca wool, prized by the ancient Inca for its lightweight warmth. The cloak of many colors includes red, goldenrod yellow, fuchsia and orange, among others.

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.
  • 100% alpaca
  • 2.82 lbs
  • 70 inches L x 54 inches W
  • Fringe: 3.5 inches L
  • Made in Peru