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Hand-woven in soft earth tones, ancient flower motifs bloom on bold bands of color. Faustino Maldonado and his family weave this extraordinary blanket from alpaca wool. The natural colors create a soothing sensation of beauty. Prized by the Inca, alpaca wool is fine and lightweight yet extraordinarily warm.
The Maldonado's hometown, Hualhuas, is a renowned textile center. It is there that Faustino and his wife learned to weave from their parents who learned from their parents before them. The Maldonado family motto defines what it means to be a Keeper of the Arts - "I will never let go of either my grandfather or grandson's hands, for what I have learned from the elders, I will teach to the young."
Faustino truly understands the meaning of community. He feels a great responsibility for his assistants. He knows that, without their wages, his workers would be unable to care for their families. Novica sales have brought stability to the Maldonado Family workshop. they are no longer dependent upon tourism and can now meet their monthly expenses.
The steady income that Novica sales bring have enabled the Maldonado Family to expand their workshop. They are now one of the largest workshops in Hualhuas and this has led to an increase in the income they receive from tourism. In addition to their full-time helpers, they are able to give seasonal work to other artisans.
Faustino and the Maldonado Family workshop have been featured in many publications, among them El Comercio in which Faustino was shown alongside former Peruvian President, Fernando Belaunde.
During times of high demand for his weavings, Faustino hires temporary workers. He has employed several blind artisans who excel at hand spinning.
Faustino struggles to manage his diabetes. He follows a special diet and receives ongoing treatment.
This is a super high quality blanket designed to keep you warm in th coldest of nigh S. I would have loved one of these when I w living in the bush of Alaska. You can tell it was made by hand with simple machines, but the care and attention to detail is obvious. For anyone looking for a real functional blanket to keep in the warmth that is striking enough to be a display piece, go this route. If you are looking for a throw for the couch to take off chill, this is probably a bit heavy and large, but is delivered as a perfect representation as shown in the photos and description.
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I got hooked on Alpaca products. I mostly like the throws. I am male, in my 60?s with an eye for quality. Being made in Peru, I feel I purchased something special and will help thier economy. I like the feel of tightly woven baby Alpaca, this is not. Almost as close, but I am OK with it. It has some weight, it is really nice to keep around. I will buy again, Thanks.
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