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Backstrap Handwoven Baby Alpaca Poncho in Ruby Red, "Sallac Artistry"

Working in baby alpaca — the fine fleece from the season's first shearing — the... more

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Working in baby alpaca — the fine fleece from the season's first shearing — the artisans of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco create a handwoven masterpiece. Rows of intricate geometric motifs flow across the ruby red poncho. Its soft allure is woven by hand on the backstrap loom using colors favored by ancient Andean cultures. Its name reveals its inspiration in the small Inca community of Sallac.

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.

  • 1.03 kgs
  • 2.3 lbs
  • Garment Measurements
  • 154.94 cm L x 114.3 cm W
  • 61" L x 45" W
  • Fringe: 7 cm L
  • Fringe: 2.8" L

  • 100% alpaca
  • All natural dyes
  • 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
  • Eco-Friendly: colored with organic dyes
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in the Andesicon info
Gift Info
  • Free Gift Wrap? No
  • Premium Gift Wrap? Yes

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Mary

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11/03/2021

"Absolutely Gorgeous!!!"

Not quite as warm as I thought it would be, but I wouldnt trade it for nothing. I love it. With a good warm sweater underneath it will be fine this winter. I cant tell you just how beautiful it is!!!

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Sallac Artistry, Backstrap Handwoven Baby Alpaca Poncho in Ruby Red

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Carol

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01/25/2023

"functional AND beautiful bag for cell phone and crecdit cards"

Pefect for quick trips to stores and farmers markets - just room for phone and charge cards, and a beautiful, colorful addition to my day :-)

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Inca Sunrise, Sunrise Striped Alpaca Wool Shoulder Bag

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Cathy

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01/10/2023

"Beautiful Bag!"

Colors are so pretty, the design is beautiful. Wonderful workmanship. I love this bag.

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Erica

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11/30/2022

"Special alpaca bag"

Very well made, beautiful colors, a piece of art.

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Margaret

From Bloomington, IN, USA

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11/09/2022

"Love this shoulder bag. Such beautiful colors!"

The bag is just the right size. The workmanship is impeccable.

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Ana

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10/30/2022

"My favorite go to handbag"

This handbag is exquisite! The craftmanship and quality of the weaving is unmatched in intricacy and beauty. The colors are deep, rich and complement the design so well. The bag is the perfect size, not too big nor too small. Just right for a wallet, phone, eyeglass case, keys, other small items. The strap is adjustable to either shoulder length or crossbody, which is really versatile. Even the zipper is quality. I love this handbag and I highly recommend it!

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