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Baby Alpaca Blend Knit Batwing Sleeve Poncho from Peru, "Rachel"

Channel some serious retro vibes with this batwing poncho by Raquel and Gregor. It's knitted from a super soft baby alpaca blend in brick red and... more

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Channel some serious retro vibes with this batwing poncho by Raquel and Gregor. It's knitted from a super soft baby alpaca blend in brick red and features a beautiful combination of textures throughout the piece. Try it with some high-waisted flares for the perfect summer look or wear it under a camel coat on a crisp autumn day.

Raquel and Gregor aim to preserve their homeland's rich textile and weaving traditions through their work with local materials and techniques.

  • 0.17 kgs
  • 0.4 lbs
  • Garment Measurements
  • 68.6 cm L x 55.9 cm W
  • 27" L x 22" W

  • 90% baby alpaca, 10% nylon
  • Dry cleaning recommended
  • One size fits most
  • Textile softness: Soft -- this item has been made with natural fibers that are soft to the touch
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Made in Peru
  • Ships fast from USA
  • Product ID: 419318

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Preserving Traditions

Preserving Traditions

Raquel and Gregor are dedicated to preserving the traditions woven into Peruvian culture from pre-Incan times. Like many before them, they learned their textile craft from elders in the community and they pass their knowledge to the younger artisans who work with them. Each piece produced in their workshop is woven on a wooden floor loom and finished by hand. Created from natural fibers — alpaca, cotton and silk — their work echoes the natural colors of the Peruvian landscape, reverberating with the rich hues of the mountains, the jungle and the coast.

Moving On Up

Moving On Up

Raquel and Gregor are deeply committed to building a sustainable workshop that offers a flexible supportive environment for the people who collaborate with them, most of whom are women. They have a special room at the workshop for the women to breastfeed or otherwise care for their children. Many of these women work solely for the purpose of being able to educate their children. Raquel and Gregor also have a deep respect for the environment and have installed solar panels in their workshop, a rarity in Peru.

Working with Disabilities

Working with Disabilities

Among the quality control assistants at Raquel and Gregor's workshop is one who is profoundly deaf. The rest of the team takes great pride in the way they have learned to communicate with her. They treasure what she has taught them about communicating with her and with each other.

Microcredit Financing

Microcredit Financing

Raquel and Gregor has received 9 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $1400 and the most recent for $2850. Proceeds were used to buy more silk, cotton and alpaca wool for her shawls and accessories.

Job Creator

Job Creator

Raquel and Gregor are able to provide work for a number of people, 90 percent of them women.

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