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Hand Loomed Alpaca Shoulder Sling Bag, "Cusco Glyphs"

Made entirely by hand, this beautiful contemporary bag showcases the ancestral... more

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Made entirely by hand, this beautiful contemporary bag showcases the ancestral weaving traditions preserved by the women artisans of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco. The compact purse exemplifies the incredible time and dedication it takes to produce a handmade work of art. In the highlands they call home, before they can begin to weave the fabric for the bag, the women must first raise and shear the alpacas and llamas to obtain the wool, then dye and spin the fleece before it is ready to be woven into fabric on a traditional backstrap loom. From start to finish, the time taken to produce each bag spans the seasons. The fully-lined bag closes with a zipper and features an interior zipper pocket.

  • 30 grams
  • 1.06 oz
  • Bag: 18 cm L x 15 cm W
  • Bag: 7" L x 6" W
  • Strap(s): 120 cm L x 1.5 cm W
  • Strap(s): 47" L x 0.6" W
  • Drop length: 55 cm L
  • Drop length: 21.75" L

  • 100% alpaca, acrylic lining
  • Features a zipper closure
  • Hand wash only
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Peruicon info
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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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Mary

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02/14/2022

"Loved it as soon as I saw it??"

Well made and beautiful…great for travel.

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Barbara

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02/07/2022

"A perfect bag for carrying small items"

This sling bag is beautifully made and just what I wanted.

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Roy

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01/18/2022

"Cherished Heirloom"

This item was all that I expected. It was lovely in all aspects

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  • This was a gift for: Granddaughter
  • Occasion: Christmas

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 artistryRE Williams

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