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

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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 Peruicon info
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Wendy

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10/31/2023

"Unique, artful, beautiful colors, and useful, as well!"

This handbag is absolutely beautiful! The colors are both gentle and calming (the blues and greens) and eyecatchingly bright -- (the beautiful berry/wine colored section down the center, which also incorporates lots of other colors.) This bag has a wonderful texture to it, as well. I love that it was loom-woven, and is also one-of-a-kind. Its sturdy, and a useful size, as well, and easily holds my (large) wallet, phone, and other necessities.

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Ruth E

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07/28/2023

"This is so fabulous!"

What an absolutely beautiful work of art! It is so well made. I was of 2 minds about this but it is well worth the price & I am so happy with it. Please tell the designer how pleased I am! Thank you for your artistry RE Williams

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Laura

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06/19/2023

"Appropriate name!"

This is much roomier than the small shoulder bags, and can hold a wallet and papers as needed. Same soft feel and beautiful colors. A work of art.

Best Uses

  • large enough to hold all the regular suspects for carrying around in a purse

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Laura

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06/19/2023

"Dark blue shoulder bag"

I have bought all colors and enjoy these shoulder bags immensely. I have one as a gift for my sister, too.

Best Uses

  • Keys, glasses, phone

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Laura

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06/19/2023

"Aptly named, beautifully finished"

This or others in this series (as I appreciate the colors and feel so much) are a comfortable, constant companion. I wear it cross-body.

Best Uses

  • Perfect for carrying a phone, keys and glasses

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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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