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100% alpaca shoulder bag, 'Andean Prairie' - Backstrap Handwoven Red and Olive Alpaca Shoulder Bag

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

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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 the Andesicon info
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  • Free Gift Wrap? Yes
  • Premium Gift Wrap? Yes

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Mary

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11/03/2021

"Absolutely Gorgeous!!!"

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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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Julie

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09/09/2021

"My go-to bag for practical beauty"

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I get lots of “wow!” compliments when I carry this purse. The colors are beautiful and the pattern is complex. Overall, this purse is very pleasing to the eye, and also to the touch (not scratchy on your shoulder). The dark blues and burgundy hues are so sublime. Highly recommend!

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Anna

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08/23/2021

"Many, many thanks for the perfect transaction !!!"

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It is the most beautiful hand made shoulder bag I ever had.

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Chrystal

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08/12/2021

"Love this bag!"

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This is a beautiful bag! The colors are gorgeous. I just have to be careful not to set it on my couch because cat hair sticks to it. Lol! My problem. Im very happy with my purchase.

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Diana

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07/07/2021

"My go to bag"

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This wearable weaving is a beautiful piece of textile art. Subtle colors that nevertheless express a vibrancy of spirit. Thank you for making this item available.

Best Uses

  • day to day use for carrying small wallet, keys, IDs

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Katharine

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01/18/2021

"Artistically beautiful!"

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This handbag is wonderfully artistic. The design is so original and the wool fabric is soft and vibrant. Even the bottom of this artistic piece has these cute colorful stripes that blend in gorgeously with the whole piece.

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