El Condor Pasa Hand Made Cotton Arpillera Wall Hanging
Condor Flight, El Condor Pasa Hand Made Cotton Arpillera Wall Hanging
Leonor QuispeIn this hand made arpillera wall hanging, artisan Leonor Quispe of Peru brings to life the well-known Peruvian orchestral piece El Condor Pasa, or "The Condor Passes," popularized in the...$44.99
Hand Made Cotton Arpillera Wall Hanging of Peruvian Fields
Colorful Garden, Hand Made Cotton Arpillera Wall Hanging of Peruvian Fields
Leonor QuispeIn this hand made arpillera wall hanging, artisan Leonor Quispe of Peru creates a colorful scene of fields, country homes, an orchard and a country side in the height of bloom. This arpillera is...$169.99
Long Live Nature
Hand Made Cotton Arpillera Wall Hanging Celebrating Nature
Long Live Nature, Hand Made Cotton Arpillera Wall Hanging Celebrating Nature
Leonor QuispeArtisan Leonor Quispe of Peru creates this hand made arpillera wall hanging celebrating nature. Exploding with color, this wall hanging features fields full of flowers, trees bursting with ripe fruit...$139.99
Hand Made Cotton Arpillera Wall Hanging of Andean Nativity
Andean Nativity, Hand Made Cotton Arpillera Wall Hanging of Andean Nativity
Leonor QuispeIn this hand made arpillera wall hanging, artisan Leonor Quispe of Peru creates an Andean interpretation of a Nativity scene. Three peasants on horseback cross a colorful field to visit the baby in...$139.99
The Fufu Pounders
West African Silk Thread Wall Art of Village Women Working
The Fufu Pounders, West African Silk Thread Wall Art of Village Women Working
Kwesi Addoegyir ArhinWest African artisan Kwesi Addoegyir Arhin's original silk thread wall art shows women at work in a traditional village, pounding cassava to make fufu, a traditional West African dish. Their bright...$129.99
Artist: Kwesi Addoegyir Arhin
The Real Tuesday
West African Batik Painting of Canoes from Ghana
The Real Tuesday, West African Batik Painting of Canoes from Ghana
Samuel AshongGhanaian artisan Samuel Ashong creates a stunning batik painting on cotton. Samuel draws his unique design on the fabric, before applying wax to the areas that should remain untouched. He then adds...$199.99
Hand Made Cotton Arpillera Wall Hanging of Peruvian Market
Market Splendor, Hand Made Cotton Arpillera Wall Hanging of Peruvian Market
Leonor QuispeThe market stalls are bursting with colorful flowers and sumptuous fruits and vegetables in this hand made arpillera wall hanging by artisan Leonor Quispe of Peru. The artist fills this wall hanging...$139.99
Hand Made Cotton Arpillera Decorative Mitts Featuring Llamas
Llama Walk, Hand Made Cotton Arpillera Decorative Mitts Featuring Llamas
Leonor QuispeArtisan Leonor Quispe of Peru hand makes these decorative mitts in the arpillera style. The backdrop is a section of an Andean blanket on which she appliqués a Peruvian landscape of llamas strolling...$44.99
African Batik Painting on Calico of Queen and Her Retinue
The Retinue, African Batik Painting on Calico of Queen and Her Retinue
Samuel AshongWest African artisan Samuel Ashong's striking original batik painting on calico is titled "The Retinue." The scene depicts a queen in front, flanked by her retinue, the two women...$179.99
Day Before Tuesday
Signed West African Batik Painting of Fishermen from Ghana
Day Before Tuesday, Signed West African Batik Painting of Fishermen from Ghana
Samuel AshongGhanaian artisan Samuel Ashong creates a stunning batik painting on cotton. Samuel draws his unique design on the fabric, before applying wax to the areas that should remain untouched. He then adds...$187.99
Hand Made Cotton Arpillera Wall Hanging of Paracas in Peru
Paracas, Hand Made Cotton Arpillera Wall Hanging of Paracas in Peru
Leonor QuispeIn this hand made arpillera wall hanging, artisan Leonor Quispe of Peru creates a vivid scene inspired by the Paracas National Reserve, located south of Lima on the Peruvian coast. The artist...$137.99
Cradled in Love
Hand Crafted Cotton Batik of Love Between Mother and Child
Cradled in Love, Hand Crafted Cotton Batik of Love Between Mother and Child
SiddiqueThe relationship between a mother and child is beautifully portrayed here in this cotton batik wall hanging hand crafted by Siddique of India. The artisan states that her subject is: "a village...
Cotton Blend Arpillera Wall Hanging Crushing Grapes Scene
Crushing Grapes, Cotton Blend Arpillera Wall Hanging Crushing Grapes Scene
Maria UyauriArtisan Maria Uyauri of Peru hand crafts this arpillera wall hanging of workers crushing grapes to make wine. The scene shows workers bringing grapes in from the vineyard, others crushing grapes in a...$79.99
Artist: Maria Uyauri
'Patterns of Life' (set of 5)
'Patterns of Life' (set of 5)
Ryan ChappellRyan Chappell aims his lens at capturing nature's original beauty. For this set of color photographs, Chappell focuses on different leaves, highlighting their exotic shapes and textures. Printed on...$77.99
Artist: Ryan Chappell
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The Village Council
Your answers straight from the village experts
As with any work of art, direct sunlight will fade colors over time, especially for tapestries with natural dyes. We recommend hanging your tapestry in an area that avoids direct sun exposure to maintain vibrancy. To clean your woven tapestry, use a vacuum with an upholstery attachment or dry clean if necessary. Spot treatment can also be used with a gentle fabric cleaner, but we recommend testing it on a small area first. Alternatively, you may hand wash your tapestry using cold water, then hang it to dry in the shade. Some tapestries made from cotton fabric may be machine washed on cold.
When it comes to handcrafted traditional tapestries, the most common materials include wool, cotton, silk, and natural dyes. Certain regions incorporate unique materials or designs into their tapestries. In the Andes, alpaca fiber is commonly used. In India, one finds batik printed cotton. In Mexico and Central America sheep wool and natural cotton threads are frequently used. In Thailand, rich silk material is a feature of handmade tapestries.
To craft an eco-friendly tapestry, traditional artisans hold themselves to high standards, both in terms of materials and processes. Natural fibers, textiles, and dyes are derived from plants and trees. Some artisans even incorporate recycled or upcycled materials in their commitment to eco-friendly processes. Traditional art forms that are passed down through the generations are often painstakingly made by hand. They are naturally eco-friendly, as they avoid mass production, factory runoff, and industrial waste. This also means that each tapestry is uniquetruly one of a kind.
When it comes to tapestries, function meets style! A handmade tapestry can be a great way to brighten up any living space while providing insulation against the cold. Materials like alpaca and sheep wool create natural warmth by trapping cool air inside the cloth, creating a more stable temperature within the room.
While factory-produced tapestries are increasingly available to consumers, traditional, authentic tapestries are handmade by artisans who often learn the artform from older generations. Skilled makers from the Andes, India, Mexico and Thailand make use of foot-treadle or backstrap looms, where they interweave warp and weft threads and then tamp them down into a tight stitch. An artisan may finish a handmade tapestry by using a needle and thread or a sewing machine for final touches.
Traditional tapestries depict scenes and images which are drawn from the lives and natural environments of the artisans who craft them. Some include geometric designs, like the mandala, which is thought to represent wholeness and symmetry. Others make use of paisley, floral, or leafy patterns, particularly in tapestries from India. Central American tapestries may incorporate geometric motifs, animals, and people, while Mexican tapestries are often colorful with Greca patterns and designs. Thai artisans use symbols that are popular within Thai culture, religious characters, animal scenes, or depictions of human forms. Unique tapestries from the Andes are often vibrant with elaborate scenes that incorporate folklore, village life, and pastoral existence.
The methods for making tapestries vary as widely as the regions from which they come. Because many traditional artisans adopt the methods of their ancestors, they have kept those ancient artforms alive and well. In the Andes, weavers often work on a wooden treadle loom in which they use foot pedals, called treadles, to control the weave of the tapestry. In Central America, the treadle loom and the backstrap loom are both integral to tapestry art. The backstrap loom is one of the oldest techniques which dates back thousands of years, in which one part of the loom is attached to the weaver and the other part is attached to a fixed object (historically, a tree). To create vibrant color, artisans embroider and dye their tapestries with natural plants and pigments. Around the world, weavers use tie-dye, Dabu (the application of wax or gum clay and resin to the cloth to create a diffuse color effect), Batik (an ancient method in which dye-resistant wax is applied to cloth to create select patterns of color), hand embroidery, and patchwork to create unique and diverse tapestry art.
The tapestry is an ancient textile art form that dates back thousands of years to early civilizations in Peru, Egypt, and Thailand. In Peru, skilled weavers used colorful camelid fiber threads to create beautiful tapestries for ritualistic funeral mantles. Ancient Incas wove short tunics (Unku) to show importance and social status. Ancient Egyptians crafted shroud-like tapestries to bury their dead. Tapestries gained international prominence when Europeans began to decorate their castles and churches with elaborate textiles that depicted historical scenes, as well as religious messages. Today, skilled artisans preserve the ancient techniques of their ancestors. In Thailand, for example, silk weavers are renowned for techniques that have been used since the rule of the Angkor kings circa 800 A.D. In Central America, contemporary weavers pay homage to early Mayan artisans who used plants, shells, and even snails to color their first tapestries in the 15th century. In India, where some of the first tapestries were made and the textile industry became the base of their economy, the skills of generations past still live on in modern artisans.
Featured Reviews on Assorted Wall Decor
Spectacular wall hanging
The picture on the website does not do justice to this gorgeously crafted wall handing. The texture is wonderful with the people, donkey blankets, and flower petals popping off the background. The colors are brilliant. This stunning piece of work exceeded my expectations by a country mile.
Beautifully framed, pretty to look at!
I have these as a gift to a work colleague. They were beautifully framed and boxed and made a lovely gift "presentation." My work colleague has told me several times how much she enjoys the framed artwork!
Leonor Quispe Applique wall hangings and decor
"I enjoy my work because it's a lovely way to make a living. I give thanks to God for giving me this life, for health, and for blessing my hands with this talent."
"When I was a girl, I loved to make doll clothes. I'd spin wool from our sheep to make tiny dresses and many other things. When I discovered the... read more