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100% alpaca ruana, 'Sacred Valley Heritage' - Colorful Backstrap Handwoven Alpaca Ruana Cape

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Product ID: 393619

Colorful Backstrap Handwoven Alpaca Ruana Cape, "Sacred Valley Heritage"

Intricate geometric motifs come to life in radiant colors derived from natural... more

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Intricate geometric motifs come to life in radiant colors derived from natural dyes. Artisans of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco work with ancestral techniques to create fashion for today and always. This elegant ruana cape is woven by hand of fine alpaca wool, prized by the ancient Inca for its lightweight warmth. The cloak of many colors includes red, goldenrod yellow, fuchsia and orange, among others.

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.

  • 1.28 kgs
  • 2.8 lbs
  • Garment Measurements
  • 177.8 cm L x 137.16 cm W
  • 70" L x 54" W
  • Fringe: 9 cm L
  • Fringe: 3.5" 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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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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Debra

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07/28/2022

"Just the right size"

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

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Ann

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07/08/2022

"LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!"

This wee bag is just what I wanted...beautiful, well made and I like that I know who created it...

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Marcella

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07/05/2022

"Beautiful shades of blue"

Very well made, soft and sturdy, comfortable to carry

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Cathleen

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05/28/2022

"Authenitc from Cusco"

I just got back from Cusco, Peru. I bought beautiful pillow covers but wanted a few more authentic handwoven items. I KNOW this purse is authentic, and it is well made. I visited weaving cooperatives and recognize the natural colors and designs. It has a sturdy lining and a nice inside pocket with zipper. I use it for my everyday purse, I like the size. I dont like a big purse. It is important to me that the weavers of the Peruvian Andes get support to continue weaving. Tourists have not returned to this area and these traditions will be lost. Plus it is a beautiful purse with rich colors.

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