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Warmed by colorful ponchos, Peruvian chalanes ride the world-famous Trujillo horses. The riders are known for their elegant attire, which feature embroidered linen ponchos, white trousers and shirts, as well as black belt and boots. The women wear colorful skirts adorned by fine embroidery. They inspired the costumes worn by the Peruvian national Olympic team in 2004. Raúl Ulloa Baylon honors these skilled and elegant riders in a hand-loomed wool tapestry in the weaving tradition of the San Pedro de las Cajas.
Titled "Los chalanes" in Spanish.
At the turn of this century when Raul began to work with Novica, he lived and worked in a tiny rented house - fearful that he would be unable to support his wife and newborn child. Today his Novica sales support his family. He has been able to acquire additional looms, grow his workshop and experience the joy of sending his two children to school.
The San Pedro de Cajas wooden hand loom bears the name of the Andean town that for generations has used it to create beautiful weavings. Nearly everyone in the town knows how to weave. San Pedro de Cajas is also Raul Ulloa's hometown. Growing-up there Raul learned to weave from his father. Raul treasures his artistic legacy - today in his workshop he uses this same loom and traditional techniques to create contemporary tapestries and accessories that honor the legacy of Peruvian woven cultural treasures.