CHASKA Alpaca Poncho
Hand-woven Peruvian Poncho
CHASKA Alpaca Poncho
This unique alpaca poncho is hand woven in Peru. It is black and white using natural alpaca colours without any dyeing. The size is 100 cm x 110 cm, the weight is 0.970 kg.
Chaska, meaning ?Star? in Quechua, is the predominant design in this weaving, typical for the community where it was woven, Chaullachocha, 4,200 meters high in the Andean mountains. Each thread had been selected by Demesia Sinchi Echame, a young mother. Her skills in weaving has been passed down for generations. This Chase 100 % natural Alpaca Poncho represents a modern remake of the traditional alpaca poncho which keeps the inhabitants of the altiplano warm for centuries. This luxurious, un-dyed black alpaca poncho adds an elegant touch of Peru to your winter wardrobe.
Peruvian Hand-made Product LineThis line accentuates the unique beauty of Quechua weaving and supports native artisans. These items are on-hand in limited numbers only. They represent hand-made unique specimens which can?t be produced as often as desired.
For 5,000 years traditional weaving techniques have been used from the coastal cities of Paracas and Nazca up to the cities of Cusco and Ayacucho in the Andes mountains. They are as integral a part of the local identity as herding alpacas and the Quechua language.
It is our commitment to keep these traditions alive by making them economically viable. We want to support young Quechua men and women to use their unique knowledge of natural fibers, natural dyes, and textile traditions and pass it on to their children and grandchildren living in their communities.
International development studies show that when women receive their own income, the health and well-being of their children improve at a much faster rate than when men have sole control of the family?s income.Quechua women have very little access to education and economic opportunities close to their native communities.
By marketing the traditional work of weavers, which are mostly women, we support local Quechua women to earn an income while living their traditional lifestyle, caring for their children and still being proud of their cultural heritage.
It is important to understand that items like this alpaca poncho are not comparable to machine-made products. They are unique and may slightly differ in structure and color. Each alpaca poncho comes with a tag mentioning the artisan?s name, who made it. These fabrics are tighter woven than machine-made garments, leading to slightly higher weight but extraordinary durability. Such garments, which were hundreds of years old, could be found in Peru. Outstanding by virtue of its resistance to aging and considering the traditional designs each purchase will be a once-in-a-lifetime one.