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Artisan Crafted Alpaca Wool Striped Blanket (Twin), "Earth Flowers"

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Hand-woven in soft earth tones, ancient flower motifs bloom on bold bands of... more

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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.

  • 2.26 kgs
  • 5.0 lbs
  • 235 cm L x 185 cm W
  • 93" L x 73" W

  • 100% alpaca
  • Dry clean only
  • All natural dyes
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Andesicon info
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Reviews by Customers

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67

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01/14/2017

"Beautiful functional blanket"

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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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Earth Flowers, Artisan Crafted Alpaca Wool Striped Blanket (Twin)

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Gift Occasion:
  • This was a gift for: Mother
  • Occasion: birthday

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05/28/2018

"Waiting for those cold nights."

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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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Earth Flowers, Artisan Crafted Alpaca Wool Striped Blanket (Twin)

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From Olympic Peninsula, WA, USA

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08/20/2020

"Gift for my son!"

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He spends a lot of time in the mountains. This is beautiful, warm and soft

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08/17/2020

"A poncho made to last!"

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Great quality of product like always with the products of the Maldonado family! This poncho have a lot of style and the wool is soft!

Best Uses

  • best for spring and fall

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Andean Celebration, Men's Andean 100% Alpaca Handwoven Poncho in Earth Shades

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06/27/2020

"Soft and practical poncho!"

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This poncho is softer and lighter than Chestnut mountains that i also buy recently! The style is also different, more than i originally saw in the pictures of these two ponchos. I think that both of them are great! Andean Highland have a more casual look.

Best Uses

  • Perfect for spring or fall seasons
  • Warm and practical

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Andean Highland, Hand Crafted Alpaca Wool Patterned Poncho from Peru

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06/22/2020

"A quality poncho!"

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This poncho is tick and warm! This one have a very classic style!

Best Uses

  • Perfect for fall and spring seasons

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

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 two full-time employees they are able to give seasonal work to other artisans.

Faustino Maldonado began working as a boy with his parents and grandparents. Today, his family workshop has grown and he has greatly expanded his design collection. As a result, he is able to provide work to neighbors who are weavers.

Maldonado Family has received 7 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $2300 and the most recent for $2850. Proceeds were used to purchase alpaca wool and sheep wool for his weavings.

The family elder, Faustino struggles to manage his diabetes. He follows a special diet and undergoes ongoing treatment. However he brings his weaving expertise to the family workshop he founded as a young man.

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 helps his son and daughter pay for the education of their children.

 
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