SALKANTAY Alpaca Shawl
Hand-woven scarf in rich, chocolate earth tones using natural dyeing techniques (coral pinc created by the chapi plant) and naturally occurring shades of alpaca fibre.
Hand woven baby alpaca shawlThis baby alpaca shawl was handwoven in the village of Rumira Sondormayo in nearly 4,000 m hight. It features designs like alpacas, Spanish ships, stars, flowers and lakes representing Andean history and the natural world around the weaver.
Salcantay, is the highest peak of the Vilcabamba mountain range in the Peruvian Andes. It is located about 60km (40mi) west-northwest of the city of Cusco. The name Salkantay is from sallqa, a Quechua word meaning wild, uncivilized, savage, or invincible.
This elegant accessory will enrich your wardrobe with a touch of Peru.
Peruvian Hand-made Product LineThis line accentuates the unique beauty of Quechua weaving and supports native artisans. These alpaca shawls 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 alpaca shawls like this are not comparable to machine-made products. They are unique and may slightly differ in structure and color. Each alpaca shawl 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.