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Hand Woven Baby Alpaca Blend Shawl from Peru, "Andean Valley Flower"

This gorgeous shawl combines a beautiful palette with rustic textures to give... more

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This gorgeous shawl combines a beautiful palette with rustic textures to give you the perfect statement piece. Raquel and Gregor hand-weave it from a baby alpaca blend in a bright combination of midnight blue, deep pink and garnet, with details in light brown. Wear it as a shawl on cool summer nights or an oversized scarf in winter weather.

Raquel and Gregor label their pieces with the name Silpa, which is the Aymara word for comfort, pleasure, and softness. The couple aims to preserve their homeland's rich textile and weaving traditions through their work.

  • 0.22 kgs
  • 0.5 lbs
  • 193 cm L x 66 cm W
  • 76" L x 26" W

  • 90% alpaca, 10% nylon
  • Dry in the shade
  • 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
  • Dry clean or hand wash in cold water
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Peruicon info
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Preserving Traditions

Preserving Traditions

Raquel and Gregor are dedicated to preserving the traditions woven into Peruvian culture from pre-Incan times. Like many before them, they learned their textile craft from elders in the community and they pass their knowledge to the younger artisans who work with them. Each piece produced in their workshop is woven on a wooden floor loom and finished by hand. Created from natural fibers — alpaca, cotton and silk — their work echoes the natural colors of the Peruvian landscape, reverberating with the rich hues of the mountains, the jungle and the coast.

Moving On Up

Moving On Up

Raquel and Gregor are deeply committed to building a sustainable workshop that offers a flexible supportive environment for the people who collaborate with them, most of whom are women. They have a special room at the workshop for the women to breastfeed or otherwise care for their children. Many of these women work solely for the purpose of being able to educate their children. Raquel and Gregor also have a deep respect for the environment and have installed solar panels in their workshop, a rarity in Peru.

Working with Disabilities

Working with Disabilities

Among the quality control assistants at Raquel and Gregor's workshop is one who is profoundly deaf. The rest of the team takes great pride in the way they have learned to communicate with her. They treasure what she has taught them about communicating with her and with each other.

Microcredit Financing

Microcredit Financing

Raquel and Gregor has received 9 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $1400 and the most recent for $2850. Proceeds were used to buy more silk, cotton and alpaca wool for her shawls and accessories.

Job Creator

Job Creator

Raquel and Gregor are able to provide work for a number of people, 90 percent of them women.

 
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