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Hand Loomed Earth Tone 100% Alpaca Shoulder Bag from Peru, "Sierra Earth"

The artisans of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco draw inspiration from the earthen colors of the Andean Sierra for this beautiful messenger bag. It's hand-loomed from 100% alpaca wool with a traditional Inca geometric pattern in slate... more

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The artisans of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco draw inspiration from the earthen colors of the Andean Sierra for this beautiful messenger bag. It's hand-loomed from 100% alpaca wool with a traditional Inca geometric pattern in slate grey, russet, black, and sepia. It comes fully lined and features a zipper closure.

The Artisans of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco collective works to maintain traditional Peruvian weaving styles and natural dyeing techniques alive. They raise their own alpacas and llamas and color the wool using 100% natural dyes. Its founder, Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, sought out elderly weavers to teach younger apprentices old weaving techniques that were about to be lost forever.

  • 0.16 kgs
  • 0.4 lbs
  • Bag: 32 cm L x 30 cm W
  • Bag: 12.5" L x 11.75" W
  • Handle(s): 140 cm L x 2 cm W
  • Handle(s): 55" L x 0.8" W
  • Drop length: 66 cm from strap to bag
  • Drop length: 26" from strap to bag

  • 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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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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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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