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100% alpaca shoulder bag, 'Chinchero Skies' - Backstrap Handwoven Blue and Red Alpaca Shoulder Bag

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Backstrap Handwoven Blue and Red Alpaca Shoulder Bag, "Chinchero Skies"

Patiently handwoven on the backstrap loom, ancient motifs recall the splendor of... more

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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.

  • 0.25 kgs
  • 0.6 lbs
  • Bag: 30 cm H x 31 cm W x 10 cm D
  • Bag: 11.75" H x 12.25" W x 3.9" D
  • Strap(s): 73 cm min L - x 133 cm max L x 3.5 cm W
  • Strap(s): 28.5" min L - x 52" max L x 1.4" W
  • Drop length: 37 cm min L - x 69 cm max L
  • Drop length: 14.5" min L - x 27" max L

  • 100% alpaca. Acrylic lining
  • Adjustable strap(s)
  • All natural dyes
  • Dry clean or hand wash in cold water
  • Dry flat in the shade
  • Features a zipper closure
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in the Andesicon info
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  • Free Gift Wrap? Yes
  • Premium Gift Wrap? Yes

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Julie

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09/09/2021

"My go-to bag for practical beauty"

I get lots of “wow!” compliments when I carry this purse. The colors are beautiful and the pattern is complex. Overall, this purse is very pleasing to the eye, and also to the touch (not scratchy on your shoulder). The dark blues and burgundy hues are so sublime. Highly recommend!

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Katharine

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01/18/2021

"Artistically beautiful!"

This handbag is wonderfully artistic. The design is so original and the wool fabric is soft and vibrant. Even the bottom of this artistic piece has these cute colorful stripes that blend in gorgeously with the whole piece.

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Debra

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07/28/2022

"Just the right size"

Very pretty, just like the picture. I am very happy with it.

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Ann

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07/08/2022

"LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!"

This wee bag is just what I wanted...beautiful, well made and I like that I know who created it...

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Marcella

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07/05/2022

"Beautiful shades of blue"

Very well made, soft and sturdy, comfortable to carry

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Cathleen

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05/28/2022

"Authenitc from Cusco"

I just got back from Cusco, Peru. I bought beautiful pillow covers but wanted a few more authentic handwoven items. I KNOW this purse is authentic, and it is well made. I visited weaving cooperatives and recognize the natural colors and designs. It has a sturdy lining and a nice inside pocket with zipper. I use it for my everyday purse, I like the size. I dont like a big purse. It is important to me that the weavers of the Peruvian Andes get support to continue weaving. Tourists have not returned to this area and these traditions will be lost. Plus it is a beautiful purse with rich colors.

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