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Backstrap Handwoven Red and Olive Alpaca Shoulder Bag, "Andean Prairie"

Ancestral images become intricate geometric motifs in a shoulder bag for... more

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Ancestral images become intricate geometric motifs in a shoulder bag for year-round fashion. By artisans of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, its fabric is woven by hand on a backstrap loom, combining blue and with two shades of olive green on a deep red background. They utilize patterns that derive from Inca art and seek to keep the old textile traditions alive.

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. The bag is fully lined and opens to reveal a convenient zipper pocket.

  • 0.25 kgs
  • 0.6 lbs
  • Bag: 18 cm H x 27 cm W x 12 cm D
  • Bag: 7" H x 10.75" W x 4.7" D
  • Strap(s): 43 cm min L - x 76 cm max L x 2.5 cm W
  • Strap(s): 17" min L - x 30" max L x 1" W
  • 16 cm min L - x 34 cm max L
  • 6.25" min L - x 13.5" max L

  • 100% alpaca. Acrylic lining
  • Features a zipper closure
  • All natural dyes
  • Adjustable strap(s)
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Dry clean or hand wash in cold water
  • Dry flat in the shade
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Peruicon info
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  • Free Gift Wrap? Yes
  • Premium Gift Wrap? Yes

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"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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"Beautiful Bag!"

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

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"Special alpaca bag"

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

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"Love this shoulder bag. Such beautiful colors!"

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

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"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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"Just the right size"

Very pretty, just like the picture. I am very happy with it.

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