Weavings from Peru

Peru is famous for its gifted weavers. Most of them live high up in the Andes Mountains in remote communities. A typical manta (lliclia) or poncho takes two – three months to weave. A finely woven belt may take two weeks to one month.

First the wool is gathered from the alpaca, llamas or sheep, then it is hand spun using a simple drop spindle. Next, the wool is dyed, using either vegetal dyes from native plants or artificial dyes purchased in the nearest market town.

The weaving is done on simple, handmade looms, usually tethered outside in the fresh air. After all this work, the price the people receive for all their effort is usually very little, as one of a kind, weavings have little appreciation in this modern world of malls and brand names.

The weavings of Peru, as well as other countries such as Bolivia and Mexico, are real treasures. They contain ancient codings within their designs and combinations of colors. The patterns are handed down from generation to generation, from mother to daughter or from father to son.

Since many of these are antique weavings, they may have some wear and tear on them, as well as slight stains. This is because they are authentic and have been used in daily life, rather than made for the tourist market.

Living in Peru, there are times when we encounter special weavings that we just have to buy. This is true, even when we know that they are not meant for us personally. Sometimes, it’s because the weaving is so unique and special. Other times, it’s because we can feel that the weaver really needs to sell something to support their family. Usually, the prices are so low, and we know they need the money, that we don’t even try to bargain with them.¬† And I truly love the precious interaction with these very true and real¬† people who make these special weavings.

Perhaps you will find a special Hidden Treasure for yourself within our selection of handwoven Peruvian weavings. If so, this will greatly aid us to be able to continue buying these brilliant treasures, which emanate such authenticity, and support the survival of this amazing art. Most importantly, we can help keep the codes alive.


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W-125 Superb Lliclia full of Red Geometric Designs was last modified: by emanaku
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W-120 Small, Antique Weaving with Red Patterns and embroidered border was last modified: by emanaku
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W-126 Gorgeous Antique Lliclia with Hand Embroidery of Flowers was last modified: by emanaku
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W-127 Antique Lliclia in Magenta and Brown was last modified: by emanaku
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W-131 Gorgeous, Small Antique Weaving - Magenta with geometric designs was last modified: by emanaku
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W-128 Small Chinchero Weaving in Rose and Green was last modified: by emanaku
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W-129 Small, Antique Striped Weaving was last modified: by emanaku
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W-123 Antique Red Lliclia with Geometric Star Designs was last modified: by emanaku
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W-124 Antique Lliclia with Star Designs was last modified: by emanaku
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W-122 Antique Magenta Lliclia was last modified: by emanaku
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W-121 Antique Lliclia in Magenta and Green was last modified: by emanaku
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W-119 Antique Lliclia with Geometric Designs was last modified: by emanaku
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W-111 Large Magenta Lliclia with geometric designs was last modified: by emanaku
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W-116 Colorful Weaving with Waves, Animals and Birds was last modified: by emanaku
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W-117 LLiclia is Soft, Natural Colors - Geometric Designs was last modified: by emanaku
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W-115 Small Weaving in Green with geometric patterns was last modified: by emanaku
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W-114 Small Striped Weaving in Naturals was last modified: by emanaku
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W-113 Small Weaving was last modified: by emanaku